Tuesday was Mona Goodman's last day as principal of Jeffrey Elementary School. On Monday, the school threw her a surprise going away party where she was queen for a day, complete with tiara.
One student told her: “You trust in her name, she’s good, we wants us to be good and become good.” He said he would remember her forever and always.
Another student made another good point: “I don’t think I’m going to miss her because I see her at Stop & Shop.”
Mrs. Goodman said Tuesday that was absolutely correct. A resident of the town for more than three decades, who also has other family members living locally, she said she has no plans to go anywhere else anytime soon.
In fact, after many years in the Madison School System, she has no plans at all.
"Yes, you will still see me at Stop & Shop," she said Tuesday. "Other than that, I don't know. I'm going to try to do nothing at all for a while, and I'll figure it out from there."
Joann Boulden, the school's long time nurse, also retired after 30 years of service to the Madison School, and she also was honored at the retirement party Monday. She received a nurse's cap. Both Mrs. Goodman and Nurse Boulden received ballons, flowers, and tissues to ready them for the tribute.
"Our students compiled 472 ideas for their retirement which was presented to each of them in books. They serenaded them, read poems they had written, and gave them both a standing ovation. It was a surprise assembly and students were brought in through the back doors to our café, sat silently until Mona and Joann were brought in, and then greeted them with the most enthusiastic “SURPRISE!!!” you have ever heard," says Rachel Weiss, Jeffrey School Assistant Principal.
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