Monday, October 24, 2011

Young Minds and Questing Hearts

Young Minds and Questing Hearts
5th Grade Class of 1963
PS 106, Bronx, New York

When impressions are made and memories held our consciousness is formed. The RNA/DNA of one's heritage, the nurturing care received during one's prenatal term, our beginning years, the joys and tears of one's days are all brought to bear on each of us as a learning child.

To have the young minds and the questing hearts of 5th graders look to you for several hours of the school day for acceptance, for understanding, for praise, for support, indeed defines the honored position of a teacher. Here pictured is my 5th Grade Class of 1963, PS 106, Bronx, NY. Forty eight years later, on October 9, 2011, a Reunion in celebration of friendship, love and gratitude.

This event, a most heart touching Reunion 2011, has validated my long held perspectives and have sounded anew the words I wrote in 1988, five years after I initiated my private practice as an educator consultant/therapist. Yes, it is with "Wisdom of All" that we as caretakers of children are to be guided.

Wisdom Of All

Oh how the mind conceives the thought
With restlessness your heart is wrought
For there is a just and kingly goal
Distant yet touching your crying soul
Be burdened not by task and deed
Lest you be lost to the greater creed
Inspired by self and the knowing within
Shall you pass the haunt, the doom of the din
Listen dear child to thy self sovereign and wise
Heed not to temptation, deception and lies
For it is the tear of joy that you shall weep
When the Promise you vow, you do keep
And when you reach and court the dream
With God's love stand thou supreme
Deception takes not your abiding soul
You have reached a kingly goal
As many may doubt and may berate
You shall prevail for love is thy fate
Guide the children, know their call
With God's tender love and wisdom of all.

Rose Marie Raccioppi

We as parents, as educators, as coaches, as family, as neighbors and friends, are to appreciate our own perceptions, beliefs, orientations and practices as they may impact upon the learning growing child. We are to be aware of and sensitive to the myriad of needs of the learning child, as too, aware of our own needs and aspirations. To have the opportunity to reunite with my 5th graders of 1963, is to have care, friendship, love, and the meaning of teaching defined as ONE.

I invite you to view a slide show put together by one of the students 'all grown up.' Feel the delight and share in the smiles... just a click away...

Our 5th Grade Class Reunion - October 9, 2011 Slideshow & Video | TripAdvisor™

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  1. Comment by: Nancy Mounier- Palmesino

    Nancy Wrote:

    I was one of the lucky students in Rose Marie Raccioppi's 5th grade class. She was the one teacher in all of my school days who made such a strong and lasting impression on me for two main reasons. The first being her unconditional kindness and the second being the special way she made every student feel. Each one of Rose Marie's students was special to her, and that's the way she made us feel...SPECIAL.

    I can say with all sincerity that having attended my 5th grade reunion, after 48 years, has been one of the most memorable experiences of my adult life. It isn't every day that people have a reunion with their 5th grade teacher and classmates. Right? The mastermind behind this event was one of our classmates, George, who was so curious as to the whereabouts of his 5th grade teacher that he decided to track her down on Facebook and he did. After that the search for his classmates began. We now lovingly refer to George as "Curious George" Nardone. If it wasn't for his curiosity, this incredible reunion would not have taken place. Rose Marie, what a beautiful story about childhood impressions, friendships, smiles, laughter and the joy of sharing and setting the stage for becoming a grownup.

  2. Comment by: Alan Sabal

    Alan Wrote:

    I cannot agree more. After more than 49 years (we came together in the fall of 1962), we experienced something magical in our learning together. So magical that we could not forget our teacher - Rose Marie Raccioppi. Our reunion too was magical.

  3. Dearest Nancy, Indeed a most generous and loving comment. SOOOOO appreciate all that you have done to bring such energy and joy to our most special day. The time spent together, the photos taken, the love shared, and the slide show you created, most certainly hold a most special meaning for me as well as your classmates. Thank You...thank you...thank you...

  4. Hello Alan, Actually you are right Alan, if we consider the entry date... 49 years it is... but since it was the class of 1963 ala the photo the end date was taken then to be from 1963... to 2011 and hence the 48 years. Thank You for your comment and most certainly Thank You for YOU!! Do keep in touch. A visit is ever welcomed!!

  5. I viewed anew this very day and embraced the joys of days gone past... such delight in fond memories and shared love.