December, 2014 /January, 2015
Dear School #5 Families,
The winter holiday season is upon us! Each year during this time, I often marvel at how much effort goes into planning the perfect meal or trying to find just the right gift to put a smile on the face of a loved one. Many of us recognize that, while receiving material objects offers momentary happiness, the good feeling of giving to others is everlasting. Through the success of the fundraising events that have taken place these past few months, it is evident that School #5 families are seizing the opportunity to teach their children just that. Kiwanis Kids organized an event that raised over $2,600 for UNICEF. Our sixth grade team facilitated the Pocket Flag Project -School Spirit Days, which yielded enough funds to purchase over 2000 pocket flags. These flags will be folded and sent to troops on the frontline. Our school community has donated boxes full of non-perishable foods, frozen turkeys and supermarket gift cards to Oceanside Community Service. Finally, dozens of new toys were donated to children in need.
I strongly believe that in order to fulfill our School #5 mission, nurturing the whole child, we must provide forums for our children to be a part of giving back to their community. Simply put, studies attest to the value of giving to others. Specifically, these acts bring a deeper sense of happiness and fulfillment. Giving promotes collaboration and a social connection, and evokes gratitude. How often have we heard others complain of children that feel ‘entitled’ or that someone was unappreciative? There is an easy antidote to this ailment, and that’s generosity!
At School #5 we recognize the importance of teaching the virtues of compassion, a giving nature and gratitude. We tirelessly seek ways to emphasize these qualities within our day to day curriculum. To that end, I am pleased to introduce to you the December school-wide read aloud, Shoebox Sam by Mary Brigid Barrett. This sweet story conveys to readers the importance of respecting one another and the power of generosity.
Finally, I’d like to take this opportunity to express my gratitude. I thank all the School #5 parents for their ongoing partnership and support. I am appreciative that together we remain steadfast in our shared goal of educating the hearts and minds of our students. My thanks also goes to our PTA co-presidents, Tommy Beirne, and Kathleen Schirrmacher, and the amazing group of parent volunteers who dedicate endless amounts of time and energy to our school. Your children are most delightful; it is a gift to be their principal and that of this fine school community.
On behalf of the School #5 staff, I wish you and your family a Happy Holiday and all the best for the New Year!