As the final weeks of school rapidly pass, there are many learning experiences and traditions that provide opportunities to celebrate and mark the end of the year. One of my favorite events is the 5th Grade Pasta Lunch.

This past Friday, students and staff sat down to break bread, enjoy each other’s company and the fruits of their labor.  On the menu was homemade pasta, sauce, salad, bread, and desserts.

Earlier in the week students learned and participated in the process of making pasta. Homemade pasta is something everyone should make at least once in their lifetime. Our students engaged in the four part process of mixing and kneading the dough and then using a pasta cutter before placing the pasta on a drying rack.

I appreciate this experience because it allows students the opportunity to learn important life skills, collaborate with others, and participate in the important ritual of sitting together and sharing a meal. For me there is something special about coming together and eating, talking, laughing and enjoying each other’s company. In this busy era of technology and crazy schedules, I find value in the simplicity of sitting and eating together.

Thank you to the 5th grade team for your continued efforts to foster a positive learning community, a strong sense of belonging, and the value of making and participating in eating a homemade meal. Bon Appetit!

Thomas Walsh is currently Principal of BFA Fairfax Elementary School and is a regular contributor to THE FWSU STORY. You can follow him on Twitter @educatamount

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