In our final week, we continued to connect and collaborate across the distance—sharing our creations and ideas. Children built and demonstrated their obstacle courses via video and in live sessions. They told and illustrated stories based--both fiction and memoir. We had a lot of laughs during two collaborative story writing sessions. We talked about summer plans and what the children are looking forward to about Kindergarten next year. We asked lots of questions about Rachael’s move to New York. We marveled that our Tucker Room days were coming to an end.
And we continued to reflect on our time together. Some children shared their stories on Seesaw:
“Field trips. I liked them because we went all together. I especially liked the field trip when we went to the mailbox to deliver a package to Will. Some of our teachers who took care of the school like Jessica and Molly went with us. Then we went to the mailbox but we found ourselves in a place we had never been before. We got lost which direction we were going. And finally we got back to school.” - Joslin
Others found memories hard to access, but our discussions helped to awaken them. Kian posted that his favorite memory of school was playing with his friends Austin and Jack. In a Zoom call, he had difficulty remembering specifics. School seemed very far away. Then a sudden memory made him giggle mischeviously, “We were on the pirate ship. Then we went out of the pirate ship and then we chased the girls around, when I was four-and-a-half or five. One time we were trying to get little Shelly and big Shelly. Charlie helped me got there. I followed Charlie, and he leaded me to the girl’s base. Charlie is sneaky, but I am sneakier, because I can just run then just hide. We hided the little Shelly and big Shelly under the ship. The girls tied to find it but we didn’t let them get it because we made the walls. Charlie and me were the walls and one other person. Maybe Rowan? But remember the time we played noodle fight? We were just slamming people around. But because we were doing battle on that day, I think, the girls got little Shelly and big Shelly back, because we were not watching. I think they got past our walls.”
Sometimes memories come back to us through unexpected associations. Lou Lou initially had trouble thinking of a favorite memory from school. She began to tell stories about her family and Gibson Island, then said, “I remember one, a really good memory.” She next told a story of her own baptism, how when she got cold, her mom put her in a onesie to help her get warm.
Some memories are of iconic symbols of St. Johns. These memories not only include powerful images and experiences, but also capture how the children have grown and how they share many of these experiences with generations of St. John’s children before them.
“One is when we went up to the top of the school. The bell. It was a little scary. I’m not scared now. It’s just because the ladder was a little steep. It was dark.” - Margaret
“My favorite is chapel. There’s the cross, and the candles. Elizabeth and some of her friends made the cross.” - Austin
It’s true that over the past two months many memories of our time together physically have already begun to fade. But as we head into our final days, it’s important not only to revisit our time together at school, but also to celebrate how resilient the children have been during these past two-and-a-half months. We have stayed connected. We have continued to wonder, to explore, to create, to support each other, and to share many moments of joy. We have done all of these things because of the incredible bond this group developed over the past three years. Watching their interactions this year, it was clear that they’d already mastered the important lessons of this phase of life: how to listen, how to be kind, how to work together and play together, how to express your feelings and consider the feelings of others. Many memories will fade, but the children will carry these skills through the rest of their lives.
by Lisa & Rachael
Pieces of Tucker Room experiences.