I was invited to be a part of two special classroom celebrations on Friday of this past week. The grade threes were hosting their “Celebration of Learning”, this was an opportunity for each child in this class to reflect on and celebrate their success. There was singing, acting, showcasing of high quality work along with a room full of parents, grandparents and Friends. Each of us guests were greeted at the door by very polite and well practiced grade three greeters, we were tempted by delicious snacks and treats and were seated waiting in anticipation for the show to begin. Within minutes, the celebration began and we were treated to the voices of these young, confident learners proud of their work and happy to be in the spotlight. What I reflect on tonight is not only the excellent work and tremendous effort of the teacher and these talented students, but also the commitment and effort shown by the community. Parents would have had to take time off work or from their regular routines to attend the celebration. This effort did not go unnoticed. The smiles and confidence of each child was obvious as were the smiles and cheers from the  audience. The energy in the room was nothing but positive. I found myself thinking not only about family day this weekend but the whole idea of Valentine’s Day and the love all around. That same feeling was transparent in the grade one classroom later that afternoon as the 1B class presented their rendition of “The Three Little Pigs”. All students had an active role by reading aloud and acting out a part. The confidence building this does for children- especially at this young age is excellent. As you can imagine, there were lots of laughs from the jam-packed audience of parents and extended family. There were lots of hugs and high fives after the performance. Again, what a wonderful experience for these children to be able to share their learning in such a creative way. I was pleased to be a part of this celebration and so impressed with the love in the room. We have very clever teachers at Wheatland- ones who appreciate and value the role community plays. We could not do this without our parents. Together we are better! This family day weekend and Valentines day, I am reminded of the love we all share at Wheatland school as a community of learners, and most importantly the bigger family we are a part of ❤️