Winter Break is almost here and I know everyone is looking forward to some much-needed rest. Of course, many of us still have shopping, traveling and holiday get togethers to get through first. But in the grand scheme of things, if those are the only things causing us stress, we are truly blessed.
And as we are blessed, it’s a perfect opportunity to reach out and help others who may be less fortunate. We are hopefully instilling this lesson in our students during this holiday season with our annual Spark of Love Toy Drive. When out shopping this weekend or during the week, please consider contributing a new toy to the collection boxes located on the library steps. We will have a special visit from Fire Station 69 on Friday where they will share with the students the importance of giving from the heart as they collect the toys for distribution to less fortunate children.
I know that many of you are thinking of or are already planning a family trip for the holidays. As you begin to prepare for the season, I’d like to stress the importance of school attendance. Every year, we see the number of absences rise during the weeks leading up to and the weeks following winter break. We recognize that holidays are an important time of year for families to reconnect, especially if they live in another state or country.
The second semester of school will begin on January 9th and just as always, it will be full steam ahead for a very busy next semester. Regular attendance throughout the year is important for the success of our students. In particular, the beginning and closing of a semester can play a significant role in their overall performance.
This holiday season, continue to make education a priority and ensure that your children are in school. I want to thank you for your continued support and wish you a happy and safe holiday season.