Overflow in Practice
This year’s theme of “Overflow” seems to resonate with our students. A couple of weeks ago, a teacher shared with me that a student had written that they had chosen a specific topic to write about because it reminded them of the theme. Then, just this week, the fourth and fifth grade girls came up with a visual representation of what “overflow” means to them. They did a creative “wave” by having each girl doing a handstand against a wall one after the other to represent “overflow.” What a great way to engage with the theme! (You can watch the video here.)
You would think that with all of the COVID restrictions that the kids would be somber and unhappy. That is definitely not the case! Just outside of my window, kids enjoy their PE classes and have fun during recess. Just because they can’t touch, they still can run around and do handstands together. As I write this, I can hear happy screams from below. As I checked my window, I counted 12 basketballs and one Frisbee making their way around the basketball area. Children were running and playing, enjoying the amazing weather that we’ve had here in Vienna ever since school started.
Granted, following this time of fun, all of the children will need to wash their hands and don their masks as they enter the building. The recess monitor would then need to disinfect all of the balls for the next group. COVID has created additional responsibilities for the staff, but we do those with the desire to keep our school community safe.
Each day I watch the COVID numbers in Austria and read about schools that have had to close sections or entire classes because of infections. We are truly thankful for each day that we have together at school, as we trust God for His provision and protection. Today, I truly am “overflowing” with thankfulness for the ICSV community and the fact that we are able to learn together on campus.
Why don’t you ask your child if they can demonstrate what “overflow” means to them? You may be surprised by what they come up with. Enjoy your weekend.
Because of His Faithfulness,
Dr. Sharon Brobst, Director