Dear Class of 2020 …

Meet the Class of 2020

Dear Class of 2020,

Someday you’ll look back at these pages and think about the people and events that shaped your school experience. But now it’s time for something new, and as your biggest fans, our community can’t wait to see what happens next! Surround yourselves with people who love you, genuinely accept you and also encourage you. You deserve nothing less! 

Congratulations and enjoy this new chapter in your lives!


The Pirtle Family

Card for the Graduates, by Quinn Shiller, Grade 2

Dear Class of 2020,
I don’t know all of you personally, but I wish each of you the very best. Here are some things I would have written in your memory books at graduation:
• Nico Simone, my earliest memories of you are of you sitting on Ms. Jennifer’s lap on the bench outside the Star Garden at Presidio. Fast-forward to 7th grade, when your mom made you join chorus: you may not have loved it, but I loved having you there! Even if you choose to keep it a secret, I know you have a strong and beautiful voice. I’m sorry I didn’t get to see your project presentation, because I’m very interested in the topic of fast fashion and what we can do to make clothes production more responsible. I hope you love City High and have a great high school experience!
• Enya, I’ve known you since Molly and Sedona were in the Red Rose Garden together. One of my fondest memories is of making the fairy costumes for you, Erin, Molly, and Sedona when you were in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Molly was really hoping you’d come to TGS next year, but we are sending you off to Salpointe with all our best wishes. I am so sorry that I didn’t get to make your graduation cake, as I had promised your mom I would do. I owe you one!
• Ravyn, I remember when Molly came home to tell me about this great new friend she’d made in the Red Rose Garden. Anyone can see how close you were by looking at the class photo from the second year you two were in Ms. Nicole’s class! I’m happy for you and your mom, getting to move back to her home state; the TWS community will miss you both a lot, but I know you’ll love life on the east coast. Best wishes, and I hope you enjoy your high school years!
• Jaiden, our whole family has many fond memories of you from the Red Rose years. We even got to see you in Florida once—do you remember our visit to Vizcaya? TWS wasn’t the same when you were gone, and I’m happy that your family moved back to Tucson. I hope you have a great time at Ironwood Ridge!
• Ayden, I remember when you joined the Red Rose Garden. There were two Aydens (or maybe even three?!, all with different spellings), and I always had to ask “which Ayden?” when Molly told me stories about school at the end of the day. She would say “the nice Ayden” when she was talking about you. Through the grades years, you had such a calm, reassuring energy whenever I saw you on campus; I know you’ll make friends with students and teachers alike at Cat Foot.
• Olivia, I’m pretty sure that I’ve known you since Molly’s skating birthday party (when you were in 1st grade), but I didn’t know you were born in the Bahamas until I read your biography. That’s something not many people in Tucson can say! I will miss seeing your smiling face on campus next year. All the best for your four years at Cat Foot!
• Ana, you and your family were such a welcome addition to the school. Not only did we love having your brother in Ms. Archer’s class, but I was happy whenever I saw you on campus because you were always so friendly. Thank you for that! I hope you have a fantastic four years at Salpointe!
• Drake and Max, I have only met you while handing out pizza and burritos, but I want to wish you both the best of luck at UHS. My older daughter and two other members of her TWS class graduated from there in 2018. I don’t need to tell you how much work it’s going to be, but I can tell you that it’s made college very accessible. And the kids there are such a great crew. Have fun, and best of luck!
• Ben and Bethany, I don’t think I’ve met either of you, but I’m so happy to hear that you’re going to TGS next year. Molly absolutely loves it there. Please reach out to her (and let your parents know that they can reach out to me) if you need anything at all. You will love it!
• Ms. Richardsonhugest congratulations on becoming only the third teacher at TWS to take a class through all eight years! What a gift for your students, for the school, and for you. I’m so sorry that the community won’t be able to gather to thank you for your hard work. My family and I wish you, Christabelle, and Lydia a wonderful life in Pennsylvania!
With much love,
Amy Frost

Graduation Card by Sophie McCoy, Grade 2

Dear 8th Graders,

Words cannot adequately convey how proud I am of you all as you leave Tucson Waldorf School and go on in your lives as young adults.
Most certainly, I will miss you all so very much! I could always count on you to brighten my day and bring joy into my workplace as well as my heart. How blessed I have been to be in the company of such bright, kind, curious and hilarious people! Not a day went by when one or more of you did not make me laugh! Your curiosity, intelligence and good humor will be a trusty vessel as you navigate into new waters.
I look forward to seeing how each of you will make your place in the world. I wish you a rich and meaningful experience as you go on into adulthood. And please know that I will feel forever grateful for being able to share a small part of your journey.
Ms. Tessa

Merik Brown wishes his 8th grade schoolmates all the best and had a fun time painting cards for them. ” Please come back and visit me,” he says.