Now that Thanksgiving is a memory and we are in the last month of the 2013 calendar year, it simply amazes me how quickly this school year is flying by. Our fall extra-curricular season is complete and our winter season has commenced. Over the next three weeks, before holiday vacation, there will be many activities at your child's school for community members to attend. While December is a very busy and exciting time for our students it also generates great memories. Our students are involved in numerous community service projects, including: Clothe-a-Child, Feed-a-Child and Coats for Christmas, just to name a few. We staff members at FCS are very proud of our students for their generosity and giving back to the community. I would also like to express my sincere gratitude to our staff that continually supports our community in many ways and the devotion and generosity that they have for our students and the Findlay community.
What a difference a year makes! Last year at this time, our Millstream building was open for four months and we were preparing for the transition of our middle school students to their new buildings. Those were great memories! This year school started in a more normal fashion and we’ve observed our students and staff a more "feeling at home" in their new locations and started new traditions and memories. We have also transitioned our elementary students into new locations and are very pleased with the progress our students have made.
One of the most exciting things that happen at Christmas time is making memories with family and friends. The following story from James Dobson entitled Christmas Memories accentuates this point.
Without a doubt, the best time of year for shared memories is Christmas. Some of the happiest memories, both as a child and as an adult, have been rooted in the Christmas season. I remember the year my father went to the bank and bought twenty new, crisp one-dollar bills; back in the days when a dollar would buy a meal. He handed them out; one apiece to the newsboy, the shoeshine man, the postman, and seventeen others. He was merely thanking them for being his friends.
Another memory occurred many years later. My wife, two children, and I boarded a plane for Kansas City to spend the holidays with my parents. When I stepped off the plane and into the terminal, I instantly caught sight of my six-foot-four-inch father towering over the crowd. There was a twinkle in his eyes and a smile on his face, and Mom, of course, was aglow with excitement. Her family had come home for Christmas. That scene is videotaped in my mind today. Now those good people are gone, and only the memory lingers on.
During the Christmas season, I hope your own times of excitement and sharing and fellowship will leave you with a special gift---memories that will last a lifetime.
Again, we are having exams for middle school and high school students before holiday break to allow us the ability to have the students tested on first semester progress before they take time off. It is important that parents help support their children's study skills and activities at home. Please encourage them to take the necessary time for review and study even during this festive time so they can concentrate on their break with new family memories.
As we look forward to a great holiday season and the year of 2014, we want to thank the Findlay community for supporting the students and staff! Please remember, the last day of school is December 20, 2013 and we will dismiss 1 hour early for K-8 (FHS is on an exam schedule) and they will return on January 6, 2014. My hope is that all our students, families and staff will be recharged with positive memories for the second half of the school year.
Happy Holidays and thank you again for your continued support of Findlay City Schools!