November / December 2013
Pine Valley Families...
I am not sure if you have noticed, but they are here. Yes, the holidays are upon us! I actually started my shopping already! Though these annual events can make our lives complicated, they serve as a time of reflection of how lucky we truly are. All you have to do is turn on the news... Hurricanes in the Philippines and tornadoes in the Midwest are a reminder of that.
When you mention Thanksgiving and Winter Breaks to middle schoolers, (and their teachers for that matter), you do sense legitimate excitement. However, as I warn students and their parents every year, the inconsistency of the school calendar over the next 6 weeks is always worrisome. Remember, once we return from Winter break, only 3 weeks of the semester still exist. In the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, please remember this. As much as possible, please keep your students in some sort of academic routine. Reading each day should not be considered homework... it is a life activity. How about a “real life” math activity working on a holiday budget?
A huge thanks goes to Pine Valley’s Education Fund and president, Matt Macedo for running a successful Poker Party event at the Crow Canyon Country Club earlier in the month. Over 50 participants supported this first ever community event. There is already talk of another similar event in the spring to build off this one. Like last year, The PVEF is making plans to orchestrate another teacher grant program. Last year, $10,000 of your contributions were allocated to very appreciative students and teachers for various curriculum projects. Thank you for making this possible.
Since it is the time of year that we show appreciation and give thanks, I just want to thank all the students and their families who have supported the Wheel Chair Foundation fundraiser this year. Due to your generosity, we gave the gift of mobility... raising over $2500. At $150 each, that is 16 wheelchairs that will change the lives of 16 people! The Pine Valley community made that happen. If you still would like to contribute and make even more of an impact, we are continuing the fundraiser until Winter Break, December 20. Money can be given to teachers or dropped off in the office.
In that same spirit of giving, I am happy to announce that along with Neil Armstrong Elementary, we will be doing another holiday gift drive benefiting our Sister School, Parkside Elementary in Pittsburg. Thank you to PTA Sister School Coordinator, Danielle Cook for taking this on. The Gift Drive will run from December 2-13. Please see the information in the PTA Newsletter with all the details.
Finally... at this time of giving thanks, let me express my gratitude and thankfulness to this community. With the challenges a career in education present, this job gets tough at times. However, I can’t imagine meeting and overcoming those challenges with anybody else. Starting with the Pine Valley staff... Your work ethic and passion for kids is inspiring. Parents... Your support and advocacy for your children is unmatched. Students... I love what I do because of you!
Everyone... Enjoy the holiday season with your family and friends.
With most sincerity,