Mr. Bill Shlala, Interim Superintendent
I’m Bill Shlala and I’d like to introduce myself as your Interim Superintendent. Over the course of the last two weeks I have been acclimating myself to the school. I’m excited by so much of what I have seen including the dedication of staff and especially the hard work of Dr. Yard. It’s the children, however, who have impressed me the most. They have an enthusiasm and desire to learn that reminds me of why so many of us are in education.
February seems like it is a month made for education. It is Black History Month focusing on the contributions of African Americans to the rich fabric of our nation. It should also lead us to focus on the contributions and the rich cultural heritages of all those men and women who made a home here in America and have helped to build the richness of our nation. It brings home our national motto ‘e Pluribus Unum’ from the many, one.
When I was young we celebrated two especially important days this month, February 14 and February 22. The birthdays, respectively of Abraham Lincoln and George Washington, two of our Presidents, who along with Franklin Roosevelt are generally consider by historians the three greatest leaders we have had. One helped create our Republic and define the presidency and one who held that Republic together. Now, of course we have melded them into Presidents’ Day and it is a good time for our children and ourselves to remember the great among our presidents and to learn from them and others elected to the supreme office in the land.
February 11th begins Random Acts of Kindness (RAK) week, and I look forward to celebrating it here with our staff and students. I hope you will find the time at home to take part in it with your families. Following is a list of activities related to RAK:
·Pay for the person behind you in the drive-thru
·Let someone go ahead of you in line
·Buy extra at the grocery store and donate it to a food pantry
·Buy flowers for someone (postal worker, grocery store clerk, bus driver, etc.)
·Help someone change a flat tire
·Post anonymous sticky notes with validating or uplifting messages around for people to find
·Compliment a work colleague on their work
·Send an encouraging text to someone
·Take muffins to work
·Let a car into the traffic ahead of you
·Wash someone else’s car
·Take a gift to new neighbors and introduce yourself
·Pay the bus fare for the passenger behind you
As important as the academic subjects we teach are to the success of our young people, so too are items discussed above: creating citizens who know the history of our land, who appreciate the myriad of people and cultures that over two hundred years have formed this land and the need to give back for the common good.
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Have wonderful February.