William O. Schaefer Elementary School

William O. Schaefer Elementary School students and staff gathered on the front lawn this morning to bid an affectionate farewell to Principal Nora Polansky, who retires at the end of the school year. Students presented bouquets to Mrs. Polansky on behalf of their schoolmates and SOCES PTA, as well as this poem:

It is difficult to say that you are retiring and leaving
Because so much of you will be left behind in the hearts of all of us.
You taught us to grow and do the best we can.
Your wisdom and guidance helped us to strive to be the best that we can be.
Look back on your years with pride
And know that the gifts you left behind will continue to guide us.
Mrs. Polansky, look back with pride and dignity.
It is your time to reap the rewards of your commitment.
And we want you to know, we will always remember your dedication.
Thank you for everything you have done for all of us and for our wonderful school.

Music Teacher Beth Fox led the entire student body in singing “I’m So Glad We Had This Time Together.”

“I have spoken to many of you boys and girls about what it means to retire,” said Assistant Principal Sheila Beglin. “Some of the things you said that retirement means was that you get to stay home, play with your toys…and spend more time with your family and friends. Whatever Mrs. Polansky chooses to do in her retirement, one thing we know for sure is that we will miss her.”

Congratulations on your retirement, Mrs. Polansky!

Nora Polansky, kneeling, with WOS students

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