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October 10, 2019

posted Oct 14, 2019, 10:54 AM by Christine Roman

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Over the past few days, the weather people have changed their forecast and it looks like the weather will cooperate for this extra-long weekend. While the students will have an extra 1.5 days off, our teachers will learn a new student software program called Infinite Campus. Our teachers will learn how to take attendance and input grades into this new system. As we tell our students when they learn something new, sometimes there are challenges and everyone learns new skills at a different pace. A few of our teachers and all the administration have been provided with additional trainings so they can help coach the rest of the staff through this process. In the end, we know this change will be beneficial to all stakeholders.

I am writing this article on Wednesday night and wondering what I will do this long weekend. I know some of my “must-do’s”, but I am also trying to think of some different things to do this long weekend. 

Here are my “must-do’s”:
     Work out at least twice
     Pay bills
     Do laundry
     Go to Norwich University to see Maggie play volleyball and celebrate her birthday
     Go to Nashua on Sunday to have brunch with my college roommates and check in on my Mom

Here are some things I am thinking about doing:
     Going to the Sandwich Fair
     Going to the movies
     Going to pick some apples and make an apple pie
     Carving a jack-o-lantern

What are you going to do this long weekend? The autumn colors are hitting their peak around our area. Take some time to travel around and admire the natural beauty of our world. I hope you can take some time to enjoy the company of family and good friends.

Have a great long weekend!
-Ann

P.S. Remember if you ever get bored over the weekend, you can always lose yourself in a good book!

October 4, 2019

posted Oct 6, 2019, 11:58 AM by Christine Roman

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Happy October!

Since Wednesday, I have been serving jury duty at the Grafton Court House. It has been an interesting experience and I am learning a ton. The drive up Route 25 has been colorful and beautiful. I hope that today is our last day but I don't know as this is my first experience serving on a jury. During our down time (over a few hours), I should have been writing formal walk-throughs but instead I have been catching up on reading different blogs that I follow.
Dr. Tim Elmore wrote a blog a few years ago about children and doing chores. Here are some excerpts from this blog: https://growingleaders.com/blog/seven-ideas-teach-students-work-ethic/

From a recent survey of parents, 82 percent said "doing chores" was a normal household experience for them growing up. However, only 28 percent of these same parents say they ask their kids to do chores. For some reason, it was good for us, but not good for them. We feel we're not good parents if we stress them out with chores.
    1. Many believe their kids are just too stressed to add chores to their homework.
    2. Many know that trying to make kids do chores leads to an unpleasant argument.
    3. Many can assume they are bad parents if their kids have to work.
    4. Many say that it's just easier to do the tasks around the house themselves.

The Benefits of Chores Go Beyond Work Ethic
A study released from the University of Mississippi collected data drawn from over 25 years, (beginning in 1967) and discovered the obvious, Dr. Marty Rossmann says "chores instilled in children the importance of contributing to their families and gave them a sense of empathy as adults. Those who had done chores as young children were more likely to be well-adjusted, to have better relationships with friends and family and to be more successful in their careers.
What adult wouldn’t want that for this next generation?

In fact, Dr. Rossmann says that "asking children to help with household chores starting at age 3 or 4 was instrumental in predicting the children's success in their mid-20s." Do you realize this was normal a hundred years ago? Families were larger and all kids had to pitch in, even at pre-school age. They did age-appropriate chores like helping to make the bed. It actually helped them mature. "Children are often capable of more than their parents give them credit. Toddlers are eager to please and are ready to show off their big-kid skills, says Nicholas Long, director of the Center for Effective Parenting at Arkansas Children's Hospital.

Growing up my siblings and I had weekly chores. We didn't get paid to do the chores, it was an expectation to help out the family. Our chores did rotate but we also could talk to each other and swap chores as needed. Our chores were taking out the trash, setting the table, cleaning the table and emptying the dishwasher. We had a list up on the refrigerator with the rotation schedule. It became something we were required to do and there were no arguments. To this day when we all go home for different events, we still pitch in throughout our visit and do these chores without even thinking about it. I do believe these chores we had as children helped me to develop my work ethic and my understanding of responsibility.

Have a great fall weekend!

-Ann

September 27, 2019

posted Sep 28, 2019, 7:43 AM by Christine Roman

Dear Parents and Guardians,

If you have read these newsletters, you know that I am a worry-wart and have dealt with my dad passing away last May. Well, I have come to realize over the past week that those two facts continue to be true. This whole grief process is so challenging, but also so interesting when I am able to put my emotions aside.

Since my Dad’s passing, I have had what I would call a “pit” in my stomach. Most days the “pit” is small but there are other days the “pit” is so big/heavy that I can feel it. On these heavy days, I find myself always on the verge of crying and most often I have a good sob session. Last week, when my sobbing came on, I was lucky enough to have two of my veteran teachers there to comfort me. After these moments, I try to remind myself, that although my dad isn’t physically here, I am me because of his incredible love and impact. I also try to tell myself that he wouldn’t want me to live in sadness. He would want me to live my life, work hard, and make a positive difference in the world.

I have also learned over the past two weeks that my worry-wart anxiety has grown to a new level. I have come to realize that I only have one parent left so when my mom passes away, I will not have living parents. Wow—that hit me like a rock this week. Over the weekend when I saw my mom, I didn’t think she looked well. She also shared she wasn’t sleeping well at night. Then Monday night, she texted me (I call my Mom every night around 8:30 p.m. to check in to see how her day was and if she needs anything) to say that she was going to bed early as she felt like “a Mack truck” hit her and not to call. Well the worry-wart in me immediately kicked in because my Mom never complains about being hurt or sick! Ten years ago, she fell down a flight of stairs while she was at my apartment. She broke her shoulder in two places and tore her rotator cuff, and she never once complained. Until I heard her voice when I called at 8:30 Tuesday morning, I was in a state of worry. It was so great to hear her voice. After this experience, I talked to my mom a little more about my feelings, called my sister, and talked to a few colleagues at school. My mom reassured me that she is healthy and fine. My sister and colleagues were there with a listening ear. I will need to try to not have my mind go to the worst-case scenario when my mom shares she isn’t feeling well. However, for now, I need to tell myself to be thankful.

On Sunday, my siblings and I will head down to my parents’ house to do some fall cleaning and we are deciding what we will do with some of my dad’s clothes and things. We will also go over to the cemetery to visit his grave. This is my first visit since his burial and his headstone being in place. These events will make it feel even “more real” but I am so lucky to have an amazing family, supportive colleagues and caring friends to help me (and the “pit” in my stomach) through these experiences.

Have a great weekend!
-Ann

September 20, 2019

posted Sep 22, 2019, 2:37 PM by Christine Roman

Dear Parents and Guardians,
This week’s weather has been amazing. Although somewhat cold in the morning by the afternoon things have warmed up nicely. The gorgeous weather will continue into the weekend.

I love to people watch when I am “out and about.” I enjoy watching the interactions and behaviors by individuals and groups of people, especially adults and children. Over the past few years, I have been noticing adults interacting more with their smartphones than with their children. While out to dinner or watching a sporting event, I am shocked by the number of adults on their phones and not being present in the moment. I read an article in The Atlantic Magazine entitled, “The Dangers of Distracted Parenting.” It provided some interesting information about child development in the age of smartphones. In another article called “Are cell phones ruining family time?” the author spoke about how a family can set up guidelines to increase family time. The benefits include “Quality time together strengthens family resilience. People rate the quality of their conversations as “significantly higher” when smartphones are not present, regardless of age, ethnicity, gender, or mood.” 

Since the weather is going to be incredible this weekend, I did a little research of different activities or events which are happening. There is a cost for some while others are free. Here are a few things that I found:
     Corn Maze at Moulton Farm in Meredith
     Concord Multicultural Festival on Saturday at the New Hampshire State House from 11:00 a.m.-4:00 pm.
     15th Annual Harvest Festival at the Remick Country Doctor Museum & Farm in Tamworth
     Full Throttle Fall Weekend at the NH Motor Speedway
     Apple picking at Cardigan Mountain Orchard in Alexandria
     Squam Lake & Natural Science Center in Holderness
     Meredith Park & Recreation Playground
     Meredith Sculpture Walk

Why not spend some quality time as a family and put down those cell phones for part of the day?

Have a great weekend!
-Ann

September 13, 2019

posted Sep 16, 2019, 5:18 AM by Christine Roman

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Well, you survived the first full week of school! I didn’t make it as I took a sick day on Thursday. There must be new germs in our school as I caught a cold. It has traveled from my throat down to my chest. Yesterday, I slept for 12 hours! There will be times over the year that your child will not be feeling well and will need to stay home or be picked up from school. It is so important that you keep the main office up-to-date on any phone number changes and your emergency contact people. In addition, later in the school year, it is those phone numbers that will be called for snow days and delayed openings.

One of the highlights of my day is talking to students during lunchtime. You will often find me hanging in the MPR during our two lunches. We have two 25-minute blocks of time for students to sit, eat and socialize with the people at their table. Our lunch duty personnel monitor student behavior and also remind students to eat what they purchased or brought from home. I am always amazed by how much our students can talk to their friends. You will hear the adults remind our students to eat by saying, “More eating, less talking” or “Don’t forget to eat.” So if your child comes home hungry from school that would not surprise me.

Next week, we have our annual Open House on Wednesday night. The Book Fair will be open from 6:00-7:30 p.m. Our Open House starts at 6:30 p.m. Open House is a night for you to meet your child’s teacher and learn about all aspects of your child’s year. Teachers will be reviewing a typical schedule for the day, curriculum highlights, behavioral expectations, homework practice, communication system, and talking about our new competency based report card. This is a general overview discussion and not student specific.

We have Parent-Teacher Conferences set up for the evening of November 8th and morning of November 9th. Students don’t have to attend the conferences, however, if they do, they may either sit quietly in class or be supervised by a few of our non-classroom teachers. Children not attending NHCS will be asked to remain with their parents.

Also, Monday is our PTO’s one and only fundraiser of the year—it’s the Fun Run! Students will run/walk a course for 30 minutes. Students will get sponsors to support them in this event. As students finish a lap, they will receive a rubber band. At the end of the time, we will tally up their results. Grades K-2 will participate from 10:00-10:30 a.m. and grades 3-5 will participate from 10:45-11:15 a.m. If you are interested in volunteering, please let a member of our PTO or classroom teacher know.

Have a great weekend!

September 6, 2019

posted Sep 8, 2019, 7:12 AM by Christine Roman

Dear Parents and Guardians,
Well, we have made it through almost a full week of school and it was a busy one! I am confident that it is going to be GREAT! Our new faculty and support staff are working hard and with the cooperation of our veteran personnel, we are building an amazing team.

This fall will be super crazy for me. I have a niece playing college volleyball, so I want to attend as many games as possible. I have a nephew getting married in two weeks in Maine. In October, I will officiate my godchild’s wedding! Emily, my godchild, said “Aunt Ann, you did such a nice job with the eulogies for your aunt and uncle, do you want to do a fun event and marry me?” With that delivery what else could I say but, “Sure Em, I am honored and would love to do it.” Besides these personal things, I have 20 students joining me each Friday after school for my kickball intramural program. As a district, we are learning a new student information software program which should be ready to roll out in the beginning of November and we are implementing a competency-based report card. I was also selected for jury duty, which starts Tuesday.

Some highlights from my week:
 A student sharing with me in the hallway, “I just love this school and don’t want to go anywhere when I get older.”
 Going into a classroom during my daily informal walk-throughs, seeing all students partnered up and having amazing math discussions on how to solve a word problem.
 Our 2nd and 5th grade students giving their best effort on their fall NWEA testing.
 Watching a kindergarten student waiting anxiously for his new first grade friend to come out to recess so that they could play together.
 On morning bus duty, seeing two sisters skip into school with huge smiles on their faces!
 The start of our amazing Project Promise (after school) program. Unfortunately, we already have a waiting list! As more staff are hired we will be inviting more students to join.

What are your highlights from your week? Do you share them with your family and friends? Instead of asking your child, “How was your day?” how about trying these…it is our hope you will get a more in-depth response:
 What was your peak (best) and pit (worst) of your day?
 Did you catch anyone doing something funny?
 Did anyone do anything super nice to you or for a classmate today?
 If one of your classmates could be the teacher for the day, who would you want it to be? Why?
 What rule was the hardest to follow today?
 Who made you smile today?

Have a great weekend and gear up for a full week of school.
-Ann

August 30, 2019

posted Sep 2, 2019, 2:25 PM by Christine Roman

Welcome to our Friday newsletter. I use this article to provide information, share fun things that occur, and let people in on a little more about myself. We have had a great first week back to school! Our students are learning the different routines and expectations, meeting new classmates, and re-establishing friendships. Our teachers are planning engaging team building lessons, while also starting to give our beginning of the year assessment requirements.

Here are some helpful hints as we move into the 2nd week of school:

  • Please check your child’s backpack EVERY NIGHT! There will be important papers that need your attention. Your child is expected to read or be read to at least 20 minutes a night. Some nights your child will have work that they have completed in school that you will want to celebrate.
  • With a permanent marker, you want to label your child’s lunchbox, water bottle, fall jacket, and backpack. If you have a child that often misplaces items, you might want to label other items too.
  • Students are expected to be in classrooms for 7:30 a.m. If students arrive after that time they will be considered tardy.
  • If your child will be absent or tardy, you must call the Main Office (744-3221). We have an answering machine if you need to call outside of the working day.
  • Our Main Office hours are from 7:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
  • Our after-school program, Project Promise already has a waiting list. Mrs. Doucette has contacted families that have sent in the registration paperwork. If you haven’t filled out the paperwork or are on the waiting list, you can register (there is a cost) your child at the Tapply-Thompson Community Center in Bristol, NH. We have a bus that will drop your child off at the Center each afternoon.
  • If you send your child with money for Café Services, please put it in an envelope with his/her name on it. A good rule of thumb whenever your child brings in money to school—it should come in an envelope with details.

I am excited for a great school year! We have an amazing group of dedicated and hard-working faculty and staff. All of our classroom teachers have a system for communicating with families. Some are using Class DoJo, while others have created their own system. We believe that your child’s education is a partnership between school and home. If you have a question, concern or suggestion, please reach out.

Have a great long weekend and see you back Tuesday, September 3rd.

-Ann

July 23, 2019

posted Aug 1, 2019, 11:28 AM by Christine Roman

Hi Parents and Students,

It is crazy to think that soon it will be August and we will start to think about coming back to school!  I hope you and your family have been able to enjoy some fun times this summer.  The weather has been ideal for swimming, hiking, golfing, campfires, and being outside.  I had an opportunity to attend the 2019 Innovative Schools Summit, met with colleagues on two different book groups, reflected on our successes and challenges from last year, spent time with family and friends, and started to prepare for the upcoming school year.  Socrates said, “The secret of change is to focus all of your energy not on fighting the old, but on building new.”

We are excited to introduce you to our new faculty and support staff members!

  • Deb Parsons-new Kindergarten teacher:  Masters of Education from UNH with over 20 years of teaching experience at the elementary level
  • Amanda Seavey-new 1st grade teacher:  Masters of Education from Lesley University and has taught in our district for 13 years over at Danbury Elementary School
  • Nicole Eline-new 4th grade teacher: Bachelors of Science from Plymouth State University and has special education paraprofessional experience
  • Jasmine Fayez-new 5th grade teacher:  Masters of Education from St. Johns University with teaching experience in New York and overseas in Abu Dhabi
  • Susan Schultz-new Guidance Counselor:  Master of Education from Keene State College with several years of school counseling experience in our region of the state
  • Hannah Grady-new Music teacher: recently graduated from Plymouth State University and has worked as a summer camp counselor for many years
  • Gayle Battersby-special education paraprofessional: has recently been one of our consistent substitute teachers and wanted to be in one school to make a greater difference

Here is a list of returning faculty and support staff—Deirdre Conway-2nd grade teacher; Shelley Doucette-3rd grade teacher; Samantha Austin-Special Education Teacher/Case Manager; Carolyn Mallahan-Literacy Specialist; Denise Plante-Renaud-Art teacher; Raegan Kernen-Physical Education teacher; Christine Roman-ICT teacher; Rachel Morrison-School Nurse; Brenda Deneault-special education paraprofessional/interventionist; Pam Pringle-Fresh Picks Café/our “chef”; Mary Cote-day/lead custodian; Auggie Lukacovic-evening custodian; Doreen Troup-Administrative Assistant

We are still in the need to hire special education paraprofessionals and a part-time kindergarten classroom paraprofessional.  The special education paraprofessional positions are working one-on-one with a student.  The hours are 7:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.  with a half-hour off for lunch (32.5 hours a week).  These positions are school-year meaning you work when students have school and include benefits.  The pay rate varies with experience, but the starting rate is $13.04.  Our part-time kindergarten classroom paraprofessional is also school-year working 5.9 hours a day with no benefits.  If you are interested in applying for any of these positions, please submit a packet to me.  The packet should include a cover letter, resume, district application, and three letters of recommendation.

Although we will have many new adult faces in our school this year, our mission continues to be “NHCS CARES.”  We will strive to build students who have a strength of Character, achieve Academic success, display individual Responsibility, purse Excellence in the classroom and school community, and exhibit a creative Spirit.  We will provide rigorous educational opportunities, communicate our academic and behavioral expectations, offer guidance and support for social and emotional events, and love each and every one of our students.  NHCS is a special place because we understand that schools should be a partnership with families.  We enjoy having our families volunteer to help out in our classrooms, chaperone field trips, attend different events, positively promote our school, and take an active role in your child’s education. 

Mark your calendar for upcoming events:

  • ·         Kindergarten Open House
  • ·         Ms. Holloran’s Annual Ice Cream Social
  • ·         First day of school—Wednesday, August 28
  • ·         First day of Project Promise—Tuesday, September 3
  • ·         Open House—Wednesday, September 18—6:30-7:30 p.m.

We are continuing to use the company, Fresh Picks Café, for our food service program.  Students have an option to purchase breakfast, lunch, milk, and a variety of snack items.  School lunch is $2.85.  Breakfast is $1.25.  Milk is $0.40 and snacks range from $0.50-0.75.  Each student has an “account” and parents may contribute to their child’s account electronically through mySchoolBucks or send money in an envelope to hand deliver to our food service personnel.  Families can find more information about our food service program on our district website (www.sau4.org) under the Parent/Family tab.  The menu for the upcoming week will be in the Friday newsletter and the menu can be found on both our school and district websites.  Students with negative balances will not be allowed to purchase a la carte snack/food items.  Free and reduced lunch paperwork will be mailed home by the SAU Office to each family this summer.  Please be on the look-out for the envelope and those who believe they are eligible should apply early!  Remember that an application needs to be filled out each year even if you have received assistance in the past.

Registration form for our after school program, Project Promise, will be mailed home to parents towards the beginning of August.  Project Promise is funded through 21st Century Community Learning Centers. Project Promise will start on Tuesday, September 3, 2019.  The program runs Monday through Thursday at our school from 2:00-5:30 p.m.  The cost is $8 a day.  Reduced rates are available and based on student free/reduced lunch status.  Families must register their child prior to attending.  It is recommended that families register early as slots will fill quickly and in years past, we have had a waiting list.  On Fridays and other days that Project Promise is not available, several of our students attend the TTCC After School Program.  They are bused directly to the TTCC from our school.  Students attending the TTCC be registered there.

We have an amazing, hard-working and dedicated PTO!  Any parent or community member can be a part of this organization.  The group meets monthly and runs many events throughout the year.  Being active with the PTO is a great way to get involved with our school, be a part of your child's school life, and get to know parents and NHCS staff. Please see the enclosed brochure for details on all the wonderful programs our PTO organizes and funds and how to get involved.  

The 2019-20 officers are:

  • President:  Nora Foster  (norafoster1@gmail.com)
  • Vice President:   Megan Magrauth (blissfulworks@msn.com)
  • Secretary/Communications Manager:  Amanda DiFilippe (younique.amandaD@gmail.com)
  • Treasurer:  Catherine Rand (mcrand805@yahoo.com)
  • Volunteer Coordinator:  vacant (we would love to fill this position)

 The first day of school for our students will be Wednesday, August 28, 2019.  School will start at 7:30 a.m. and breakfast will be available beginning at 7:00 a.m.  To ensure a smooth transition on the first day, we will have all students, faculty, staff and parents meet outside on the basketball blacktop near our playground equipment at 7:30 a.m.  Promptly at this time, I will dismiss students by classroom, and teachers will walk their students and parents into the building.  If they would like, parents may join their children from 7:30-7:45 a.m. in the classroom.  At 7:45 a.m., our entire school community will meet back in the multi-purpose room for a very brief kick-off assembly.  After the assembly, only students and teachers will return to their classrooms.  We have successfully used this schedule in past years, and it helped to reduce the first-day-of-school worries and jitters, for both students and parents J.  We are also asking that families fill out the enclosed paperwork regarding the first few days of school and general dismissal information. 

If you have received this letter and your child will not be attending our school, please contact the main office and speak with Doreen.  In addition, we request that you visit your child’s new school to enroll.  It is important for us to have accurate numbers moving forward this month as our teachers start to plan and organize their classrooms.

Each school year is a new beginning.  I am excited and honored to have the role of principal at this incredible school.  I am looking forward to a great year.  In my personal reflections this summer I know I am able to connect parent/guardians’ faces with their child but my goal this year is to know every parent’s first and last name and use that when I greet you. I want to continue the great work we started with writing and homework last year.  I am embracing and enjoying the challenge of building a great “team” of faculty and support staff.  Finally, I will continue to work tirelessly to have all students feel safe at school and want to come each and every day.

I know this is a lot of information!  If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out.  You can email me at aholloran@sau4.org or call the office at 744-3221.

See you soon!

Ann Holloran

June 14, 2019

posted Jun 17, 2019, 5:48 AM by Christine Roman

Dear Parents/Guardians,

If you have been reading these newsletter articles for a while, you know of my tradition to write about my nieces, nephews or godchildren when they graduate from high school. Well, I am almost at my last. Maggie is the last of my siblings’ children and Olive, my last godchild, will turn six in July. 

Margaret (Maggie) McNeil will graduate from Gilford High School on Sunday. I remember driving up to the Lakes Region General Hospital to meet her. The first time I held Maggie, she was bundled up in a pink blanket with an M & M’s baby cap on her head. I remember laughing with my sister about her cap as MM was Maggie’s initials. In that first snuggle with Maggie, I fell in love.

Maggie has so much to be proud of as she finishes high school. She has not only excelled in sports but is graduating as their senior class president and academically in the top 10 in her class. Maggie was a
member of the swim team, played varsity volleyball and softball along with being a member of the Lakes Region Volleyball JO Program. She was a member of the Interact Club and president of the Varsity Club at GHS.

What has impressed me most about Maggie is that she has accomplished all of this while dealing with a chronic illness. Maggie has been a patient of Boston Children’s Hospital since fourth grade. She doesn’t let her migraines stop her from success. Her determination, perseverance, and sheer will to play sports, attend school, and be a normal teenager was displayed often over the years. Maggie has learned to cope and doesn’t let the brutal head pain, side effects from the drugs, or hospital stays derail her goals.

Maggie has also had to deal with having a “second mom” for her whole life. She understands that I will defend my sister 100% of the time. I will address her disrespectful words and actions. I will give my opinion even if it wasn’t asked for.

Some of my greatest experiences as an adult have occurred with Maggie. Rooming together on our trip to Alaska last year. Watching the love of her grandfather with her whole heart and always saying, I love when “Pup-Pup comes to watch my games”, “Pup-Pup looks good” and “Pup-Pup looked cute.” Having her ask me to coach her JO volleyball team so she would be ready to try out for varsity after her freshmen year. Our yearly fishing competition.

Maggie’s compassion for others, a passion for science, willingness to go against the norm and her personality are qualities I admire. I enjoy our conversations around the dinner table and via text. Her shy exterior fades quickly and her sense of humor, laughter, and carefree spirit shines. Maggie, I am so proud of all the things you have already accomplished and what an amazing young lady you have become. I can’t wait to see what comes next in your adventure at Norwich University. I am honored to be your aunt. Love you, Magster!

Have a great weekend!
-Ann

June 7, 2019

posted Jun 9, 2019, 1:55 PM by Christine Roman

Dear Parents/Guardians,
Well, the Boston Bruins lost game 5 of the Stanley Cup Finals to the St. Louis Blues. Their whole season is down game 6! If they win, their season will continue to the final game of the season-game 7. But if they lose game 6, their season will be over. As we wind down our school year, do our students, teachers, administration, and staff feel like they are “playing their final games right now?” Starting this week and continuing for the next few weeks, students will take different end-of-the-year assessments. Do our students realize that this is their “game 6”? Do they realize that the work they did on the first day of school plays a role in the outcome of the “game”? For many, the hours of reading at home, doing homework, listening in class, and being engaged in the different activities will help them achieve success. This “game” cannot be played without the help of teammates and coaches. Working together with their classmates every day makes a difference. But this “game” cannot be won without the leadership of their coaches—teachers, interventionists, support staff and most of all, their #1 coach—YOU!

I hope the Bruins and Coach Bruce Cassidy will be as prepared for their “game 6” Sunday night as our students are right now. Having been in a few “final games” myself as a coach and athlete, it is one of the most exciting and nerve racking experiences. But if you have done the hard work, put in the time at practice, studied the game, and grown from individual athletes into a team, you have a much better chance
of being victorious in the end. Just like our students are prepared to show us all the knowledge and skills they have gained throughout this year.

Have a great weekend & GO BRUINS!

-Ann

PS. On a personal note, I would like to thank our amazing faculty, staff, district administration, and parents for their support over the past few weeks. I was out all of last week due to the death of my dad. The outpouring of cards, texts, flowers, and people attending his wake and funeral was remarkable. These gestures helped me get through the most challenging week of my life and for that, I will be forever grateful.

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