Into the Storm

Somewhere at sea, a ship captain was notified that a pirate ship was approaching to attack. As he rallied his crew, he called for his sword and his red shirt. Mustering the crew’s courage they fought off the pirate ship. A week later, the captain was again informed that pirates were approaching and this time there were two ships. Once again he called for his sword and his red shirt and led the crew to victory. In awe of the captain’s courage, one of the crew members asked the captain, “Why do you call for your red shirt before going into battle?”. The captain responded that he needed to keep the crew’s courage up during the fight and if he was wounded, the blood would not show through his shirt. Therefore, he never went into battle without his red shirt. Once again, the captain was informed that pirates were approaching and this time, there was an entire fleet. The captain loudly called out, “Bring me my red shirt…and my brown pants!

Three years ago, I started a new blog as I began my time at Buchanan. My first post was called, “New Adventures” and I featured a sailing ship to symbolize new journeys and adventures. As we end this school year, I am also ending my weekly blogging journey as I focus on new projects. We are voyaging into strange waters and unknown seas. It’s been a challenging time as we abruptly moved from face to face instruction to online learning. Our team rose to the challenge and learned new skills and adapted to the new needs of our students literally overnight. We supported one another, we encouraged one another, and we lifted one another. I’m filled with pride at the dedication and devotion of our staff.

As pleased as I am of how we ended the year amid these challenges, I know that the real challenge may be just beginning. Our crew will be leaving rough waters and heading straight into the storm. We don’t know what fall will look like as the new school year begins. What will instruction look like? What will our schedule be? How will we keep students and staff safe? While I may not know the answers to the these questions now, I do know that we WILL find the answers together and make it through the storm. Franklin Roosevelt said, “A smooth sea never made a good sailor.” I think the same is true for educators. These trying times will make us all better and demonstrate to our community and to the world what educators are made of!



“I’m not afraid of storms, for I’m learning how to sail my ship.” – Louisa May Alcott

“And when the wind did not blow her way, she adjusted her sails.” – Elizabeth Edwards

“You can never cross the ocean unless you have the courage to lose sight of the shore.” – Christopher Columbus

Somewhere Over The Rainbow/What A Wonderful World



  • Monday, June 8: 1st Grade Materials Pick Up 9:00-10:30 / 4th Grade Materials Pick Up 10:30-12:00
  • Tuesday, June 9: Kindergarten Materials Pick Up 12:00-1:30 / 2nd Grade Materials Pick Up 1:30-3:00 / Make Up Time 4:00-5:30 
  • Wednesday, June 10: 3rd Grade Materials Pick Up 9:00-10:30 / Make Up Time 10:30-12:00 
  • Thursday, June 11: No Staff Meeting
  • Friday, June 12: “Farewell Parade” at noon. Staff will meet up outside the school at 11:45 to spread out (six feet apart) to wave goodbye to families as they drive by. Staff should wear masks and are encouraged to wear Teacher Strong shirts or #BuchananBears shirts. Signs are optional. Hope to see you there!


  • Monday, June 15: Report Card information due by midnight.
  • Building Open through Friday, June 19 from 8:00-5:30.

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