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December 20, 2019

posted Jan 1, 2020, 3:34 PM by Christine Roman
Dear Parents and Guardians,

Welcome to our holiday break! I can’t believe we are already at this point in the school year. We are also finishing up one decade and moving into 2020 when we return to school. Saying 2020 is easy, but it sure feels strange to think we are twenty years into this century. Over the weekend, my college roommate and volleyball teammate found one of our roommates from our senior year of college. Clare was an exchange student from England. We had a blast that year learning from her. During her first week with us, Clare helped by washing the dishes. The next morning, Sue and I got up early for our morning classes and grabbed coffee mugs. We each poured our coffee and started to drink it. All we could taste was dish soap. We didn’t have time, so we dumped our coffees and went to class. Later that night, we were having a beverage out of our glasses. Again, there was this taste of dish soap. Finally, we asked Clare how she was washing the dishes. She explained that she would put some soap on the sponge, clean the plate, dry it and then put it away. We asked her if she rinsed the plate with water after cleaning the plate. She replied, “No.” So we had to teach her that new step here in the United States. During our time together, we also learned the English language terms for things such as trainers for sneakers, loo for bathroom, holidays for vacations, chips for french fries, and flat for apartment. Clare was a great addition to senior year and now I look forward to connecting again with her after 30 years.

I want to thank everyone who brought in items for our annual Holiday Sing-Along. It was a great way to end our week before break! I loved seeing the New Hampton Dining Hall packed with family, students, faculty, and staff. The food line went much quicker this year and I can’t wait to see all the pictures from this year’s photo booth. This year, the time went by quickly and I didn’t get to socialize as much as in years past, but I appreciate everyone for taking the time to attend. I loved seeing parents and grandparents singing with their loved one. I definitely have to get so out of my comfort zone to sing using a microphone, but the smiles on our students’ faces makes it a little easier.
The holidays can be a time of joy for many but I know that for some it is also a time of sadness. This is so true for the Holloran/McNeil family. We will gather as a whole family on December 28th at my parent’s house. I know there will be a lot of laughter but there will also be some tears. I hope that as we share stories of my Dad/Pup-Pup, Nana and Pop McNeil, and Grammy Stone that the feeling of love, family, and togetherness help us through. We are so blessed and fortunate to have so many happy memories and we can continue to make more with my Mom.

Happy Holidays and may the New Year bring you all—happiness, laugher, love and joy! See you on January 2nd.

Be well—