Last Friday we held our fourth annual Grandparents Day at KCS. Grandparents were invited to KCS to listen to the music from our bands and choirs, view the amazing Heroes art displays throughout the school, and visit their grandchildren in their classes. With the exception of the torrential rains that hit the Etobicoke area, it was shaping up to be a great morning on Friday.
About 8:10 that morning, as I was downstairs reviewing the remarks I would give following the music presentations in Canada Hall, someone came down to see me to let me know there was a police officer in the main lobby. As Head of School, there are few words that bring a knot to my stomach more than, “Derek, there’s a police officer at the front desk.” I get the same feeling when being stopped by a R.I.D.E. program when I’m not drinking: I know I haven’t done anything wrong, and yet…
As I arrived at the front desk, I realized that it was Officer Rick, our area’s Community Relations Officer. He explained to me that there were PD days in both the public and Catholic schools so he felt that this would be a great day to stop by and visit KCS; my initial reaction to hearing this is not printable. Needless to say, as the parents and grandparents were coming into the school, they saw not only his cruiser, but Officer Rick standing with me greeting the students. I can only imagine what was going through their minds. If I had been sharp, I could have explained he was here as part of our Heroes display, but that thought didn’t cross my mind until one of our parents planted the idea in my mind after the musical performances. At KCS, as in life, you always need to be ready to deal with the unexpected.
Head of School