Issue #36, May 28th, 2020

Mensaje de Patricia Aljure

Cada uno de nosotros es poderoso y tiene la capacidad de crear nuevas realidades, reinventarse en las circunstancias más difíciles, darle valor a lo que antes pasaba desapercibido, crecer en tierra que no parecía fértil, atesorar los momentos con nuestros seres queridos y encontrar que al respirar, soltar y dejar que el universo se encargue, logramos entender que no estamos solos y que superaremos juntos la tormenta.

Patricia Aljure León
Vice-Presidente &
Coordinadora de Relaciones Públicas

 Mensaje de Alethia Bogoya

We have faced quite a challenge and as a community we have stayedtogether and have overcome all the difficulties and uncertainty by embracing the school values: Integrity, Respect, Hope, Optimism, Caring, Faith, Collaboration and Gratefulness. We all have within ourselves the strength we need to move on, to make the most out of hopeless times, to persevere and with ‘rainbows and lights’ achieve the impossible. With this quote I want to acknowledge teachers, administrators, non-faculty staff, parents, students, and especially, our seniors 2020. Thanks for drawing rainbows of hope!

Alethia Bogoya
Principal

 Mensaje de Iliana Aljure

Aprender a confiar, soltar y dejar fluir, es la base para comprender que cada cosa sucede en el momento indicado, con un propósito específico. Nada ocurre por azar. Todo es perfecto tal y como es. Tener atención plena, manteniendo una mentalidad de crecimiento en cada una de las situaciones que se presentan, es el secreto de poder vivir en el aquí y en el ahora. Entender que no tenemos control sobre un evento como el que estamos viviendo actualmente y escuchar la tormenta con el rugir del viento, nos permitirá apreciar, valorar y ver con ojos de esperanza, la calma y el silencio que en algún momento surgirá. Y algún día, en el instante de magia menos pensado, llegará un mensaje de alivio y sosiego que nos ayude a todos a sentirnos estables y seguros. Confiemos, soltemos y dejemos fluir el momento presente.

Desde el área de Educación Artistica, queremos compartir, para esta última edición del Thursday Times, un regalo de finalización del Aprendizaje en Casa. ¡Esperamos que lo disfruten!

Iliana Aljure León
Directora Artística
Vicerrectora

 Mensaje de Marcela Muñoz

Les comparto un mensaje inspirador de Mario Benedetti, con el cual los invito a pensar que los límites que existen a donde queremos llegar o sobre lo que queremos lograr, están en nuestra mente. Siempre habrá posibilidades de alcanzar nuestros sueños, si hay un deseo genuino y está acompañado de acciones que involucren el dar lo mejor de sí mismo y pensar que ¡sí se puede! 

Marcela Muñoz
Directora de Preescolar

Mensaje de María Consuelo Añez

All along this period of learning at home I have felt amazed and grateful for the outstanding team of teachers that have planned, implemented, and carried out a successful curriculum. They have been supporting and encouraging our beloved students to give their best. We can use this as an opportunity to learn more about our shared human condition and notice ways in which we can work to make it more loving and cooperative. 

María Consuelo Añez 
Lower Elementary Director 

 Mensaje de Alejandro Patiño

Life is full of challenges and obstacles, but life is also about how you perceive and handle such adversity. Who could ever imagine that we would have to face a challenge like the one we are currently confronting? But different from other people, we have taken it as an opportunity to build, to give, to create, to design and to reorganize, not only the way we teach and learn, but also the way we live. 

This is a time for change, this a time for giving and sharing, even though we can´t be together. Never forget that every obstacle can be perceived as something that keeps you away from what you want to obtain, or a lucky chance to improve and become a better person, professional or human being. 

Alejandro Patiño Rocha
Upper Elementary Director

Mensaje de Sally Torres-Brown

“Opportunities to find deeper powers within ourselves come when life seems most challenging.”

Did we ever imagine, even in our worst dream, that the world will be on the verge of this pandemic? Never. But this quote by Joseph Campbell encourages us to turn the crisis into an opportunity to discover our ‘deepest powers’. And we are actually doing it, even subconsciously.

Sally Torres-Brown
Middle School Director

 Mensaje de Mónica Arrubla

I have always thought that life is uncertain as it is. Everything comes and goes so fast; appears and vanishes in a blink. Nonetheless, I would have never imagined that it would change as fast as it did, this last April 17th,  when we all left school to go home, embrace the uncertain, and transform our lives. 

Today as I reread Martha Nussbaum’s words, I feel overwhelmed and optimistic of what the future holds. Regardless of the feeling of uncertainty that we all face together,  I feel proud of our adaptability and flexibility. Our capacity to overcome the difficulties together; as a big family. We don’t control tomorrow, but we do control our decisions today. My invitation is for all of us to continue to be good human beings who care for each other, protect the environment and give their best. Together, at Rochester School, we embrace the world and choose to do our best.

Mónica A. Arrubla  
High School  Level  Director

Mensaje de Sonia Muñoz

Deseo que el pincel de Dios dibuje hoy en tu rostro la más linda sonrisa y salpique tu vida de muchas bendiciones. Que siempre cuides de ti y que no se te olvide que tú eres el sol que ilumina la vida de muchas personas. Por eso, ríe, ama, llora y sobre todo…

¡Sé feliz!
(anónimo)

Sonia Muñoz
Consultora de Colegios de Calidad Glasser

 

Mensaje de Pámela Ospina

And suddenly life takes place and we need to set aside our plans and just live.This last term was challenging and yet highly rewarding, it seems we needed to slow down, stop planning and just live and enjoy what we actually have and work for. This quote comes from the song “Beautiful Boy”, by John Lennon, that has a whole new meaning for me right now as well; today, children are teaching us to adapt, be flexible and resilient. Let’s learn from them, embrace the change and enjoy our life.

Pámela Ospina
Virtues Development Curricular Coordinator 

 Mensaje de Guillermo Martínez

La vida es un cuaderno de ejercicios en el que escribimos a diario nuestro destino, donde lo reescribimos una y otra vez con cada experiencia que vivimos y de la cual aprendemos.

Somos libres de escribir lo que queramos y, también, somos libres de borrar lo que no nos gusta o no queremos tener en nuestra vida.

Invito a todos a que, este nuevo año, reescribamos nuestro destino y nos unamos en un solo libro: el libro de nuestra vida, de sus familias y de la vida en el Rochester.

Guillermo Martínez
Director de Área de Educación Física y Club Deportivo

Mensaje de Dana Pao

This year, I have done my best to heed the wise proverb of Laozi, an ancient Chinese philosopher who founded Taoism. I am grateful for the opportunity that Rochester School has given me to do work that I enjoy and with people whom I respect and value. Being a part of the Rochester community blurs the lines between work and family. The emphasis that the school places on quality relationships fosters a feeling of being part of a supportive extended family. Thank you to the Rochester family for welcoming me into your home–I look forward to planting roots in Bogotá and growing with you.

Dana Pao
English Curriculum Specialist & Coach

 LRC– Greetings from The Authors

El año escolar se ha terminado y el Centro de Recursos para el Aprendizaje ha reunido los mensajes que diferentes escritores han preparado para los estudiantes de Preescolar. Los escritores Celso Román y Carmenza Botero, autores de libros que los niños y niñas han leído, les tienen un mensaje muy especial.

Summary: School year is over and the Learning Resources Center has gathered some greetings from different authors that our Preschool students have read. The authors Celso Román and Carmenza Botero have a very special message.

Yogamotion invitation

What about some yoga time to strengthen our integral health? 

We thank our alumni, María Carolina Vélez, for her lovely yoga classes. She will keep offering them, every Saturday at 11:00 am., through our school’s Instagram account (@colegio_rochester) and our Facebook page (Colegio Rochester), We can all participate!

Follow us and prepare for some yoga!

Resumen:  le agradecemos a nuestra exalumana, María Carolina Vélez, por sus clases de yoga llenas de amor. Ella seguirá ofreciendolas los sábados a las 11:00 a.m. a través de la cuenta de Instagram del colegio (@colegio_rochester) y la página en Facebook (Colegio Rochester)

¡Síguenos y disfruta de sesiones de yoga increíbles!