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Principal’s Message

In Gratitude …

Posted: 5/7/2017

Dear Families,

So much to be thankful for in our school community. Many thanks to the planning and organization by Lisa Damico and Gena Richman in putting together Art in The Quad last Wednesday. With temperatures well into the 90’s, students were given a treat of Visual and Fine Arts in the quad and in the Lodge. Starting it off with drum extravaganza by local drummer Onye who delighted staff, students and parents with his beat! Many students had the opportunity to beat their own drums later in the morning. The ice sculpture in the garden delighted everyone and didn’t melt miraculously! Many staff shared their passion with art and taught a mini-lesson to groups of K-8 students who rotated throughout the campus. After recess break with Mr. Best’s wooden art bus on the black top creating another moment of fun for the students, followed by parent/community vendors sharing their time and talent with all students. Thank you to everyone who made it a morning to remember.

Ms. Toll’s grade six students put on an encore performance of their “Rats” play and their families and guests gave generous donations to the children of Aleppo. Maggie Browning – our counselor gave an emotional solo-singing performance of a song she wrote about Syria and the ongoing strife in that region. It was a moving evening that transcended the human potential for compassion and empathy for others. Thank you to our sixth graders, Ms. Toll and Maggie for your heart and soul.

As we enter the busy days of May and close out the State Testing for this year, a big hank you to all staff and students in grades 3-8 for their diligence and patience in completing the testing. We just have a week or so of test make-ups left and we will be done until next year. Thank you to Ms. O’Neil for coordinating the testing at our site.

We love our PTA! Thank you to Gabriella St. Clair (PTA President), her Executive Board and all the volunteers who treated staff to wonderful meals, snacks, flowers, cards/messages and gifts last week. Your thoughtfulness and generosity does not go unnoticed. Thank you from our hearts.

We look forward to seeing all the volunteers at a special annual thank you breakfast on Wednesday 5.10.17 from 7:45-8;30 am in the Lodge. Please come and enjoy some yummy treats served by your favorite staff. There will be supervision for your children on the black top, so plan on coming for a coffee, juice and breakfast on us. We thank you for all you do to partner with us throughout the year!

In partnership always,

Fran Hansell