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All:

Excitement fills the homes of many students and staff during this time of year, and that same excitement and anticipation is carried into the classrooms daily by students and teachers as we all prepare for the end of the first semester. Like many of you, I will spend the next few weeks scouring online websites or searching through stores to find just the right gift for many special people in my life. Although we may get caught up in the excitement, joy, and fun of the holiday season, I hope we all will take the time to reflect upon the many gifts we’ve already been given this past year - health, laughter, companionship, and memorable moments - just to highlight a few. As you ponder what presents are most appropriate for your family and friends, I hope you do not merely consider those which can be bought, wrapped, and placed under the tree. The holiday break is a great opportunity to give the gift of time and attention to your student(s). As you schedule the busy final days of 2014 and plan for the upcoming weeks of the New Year, keep in mind the words of Babatunde Olatunji,

 “Yesterday is history.

Tomorrow is a mystery.

And today?

Today is a gift.

That's why we call it a present.”

 I hope we do not get so wrapped up in the hectic holiday season that we fail to recognize the opportunity we have each morning to open the “present” we are given daily.

 

 Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year,

Edwin Jarnagin

Director of Schools