As the 2010 calendar year comes to a close, this is a good opportunity to reflect, as well as, celebrate. During the last several months all of us have had to endure several challenges, whether it is dealing with shrinking budgets, a weakened economy, helping struggling neighbors or friends and their families, working with struggling students or addressing setbacks in our personal lives. We have also had many opportunities this year to celebrate the successes and accomplishments in our schools. As we enter 2011, those challenges and successes will continue to occur. However, I truly believe that in every situation or event, our school community will find a way to persevere through those challenges and celebrate our accomplishments as a community. What makes the Reading Public Schools such a special place is that our parents, teachers, administrators, and staff seem to always work together towards a common cause, which is to do what is in the best interest of our students and your children.
One of my favorite movies to watch this time of year is, It’s a Wonderful Life. Although the plot at times may seem a little unrealistic in today’s society, the message is still as powerful as it was when the movie was made in 1946. This message of giving helps us reflect on the tremendous positive impact that we can have on the lives our students and our children. Sometimes, we may never see the positive results of that impact for several years. However, when it happens, it is powerful, just like the ending of Its a Wonderful Life. I see evidence everyday of our parents, teachers, administrators and staff working together to provide these experiences for our children and students. It may not always look perfect the first time, but we continually find ways to improve what we are trying to do.
I want to thank each of you for your support and commitment to our school community. My holiday wish for you is peace of mind, prosperity through the year, health for you and your family, the opportunity over the holidays to surround yourself with those who matter most to you, the energy to chase your dreams, and the joy to fill your emotional “bucket”. I would like to extend my best wishes to you and your family for a happy and healthy holiday season. I hope that you will be able to find the time to relax with family and friends and enjoy this wonderful time of year!
Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!