We have come upon a wonderful time of year when we show our appreciation and love for the people around us. It is hard to believe that the school year is almost half-way over. It seems like just yesterday that we are welcoming our students to a brand new school year and now Christmas and the New Year are upon us. It is a time that we spend reflecting upon many blessings that we have in our lives. THIS IS ALSO A SEASON OF GIVING AND TEACHING OUR CHILDREN HOW TO SHOW COMPASSION, KINDNESS AND GENEROSITY FOR OTHERS. During this wonderful season of giving and showing gratitude, I would like for all of us to think of those less fortunate, and to somehow make them feel the warmth and the love that is so symbolic of the Christmas season. It could be something as small as providing a toy for a needy child, or a blanket to the homeless person on the street corner, the possibilities are endless. Help out at the local food shelter or your church with the whole family. Shop for some gifts for a family you know doesn’t have the opportunity to do so for themselves this year. Give lots of compliments, smile, and spread kindness and love this Christmas season. “Christmas is not as much about opening our presents as opening our hearts!” (Janice Maeditere). I wish you all a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Enjoy this festive season and whatever it represents to you and your family.

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