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Hope everyone is having an outstanding week! The first snowfall reminds us that we are fast approaching the Holiday Season. I hope you are further along in the process than my wife and I, as we just got our Christmas Tree last night. We still need to decorate and finish shopping (or start shopping is more accurate).
This time of year is my favorite. There is something about the magic of the Holiday Season, especially when I look at it through my daughter’s eyes. At 9 years old her excitement for the arrival of Santa Claus is visible. She is literally starting to bounce up and down whenever we talk about Christmas. My son, now 13, is also looking forward to Christmas but in true teenager fashion. You know, ‘whatever – I guess Christmas is pretty cool’. I love the opportunity to get together with extended family and friends. We get to make memories and celebrate together with those we are often too busy to see during the year.
This is going to be an emotional Holiday for us this year. My wife’s grandfather – referred to as ‘Dad, grampy, great-grampy’ by countless children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren passed away last night. We got the call sometime after 10:30pm. For us, while the Holiday will still be enjoyable, it will have a small hole in it where he should be. We have many amazing memories and pictures to remind us of how much we all loved him. With that in mind, we are going to make sure we spend time appreciating all that are still with us. We will try not to let the stress and pressures take away from the true meaning of the Holiday Season. Put all our distractions aside and turn off the SmartPhones and truly connect with others. So my hope for all of you is that you too have time to spend with your loved ones, that you cherish the time together, and that you make lasting memories.
"Shout out to Kristi Abel who is organizing the MEA Families In Need to provide holiday presents to families in our community."
~ Spike Cook, Principal
"Thanks to Holly Capertina, Cynthia Flachsbart, and Cindy Garrison my PARCC testers at Thunderbolt Academy this week. With the help of this team we got testing up and running and almost complete in three days."
~ Pat Wulk, Supervisor
"A big shout out to the 1st Grade Team of Kelli Blough, Debbie Broe, Nina Crain, SueAnn Irwin, & Jen Morrow for an awesome 50th day of school celebration. The celebration was authentic and fun for all who attended. Great Job Ladies!"
"A shout goes out to Shannon Silvestri for her commitment to Silver Run Students and Staff. This week our Paraprofessionals received Google Training as a result of Shannon's efforts. The training, which was held on Wednesday was a huge hit! On behalf of myself and the Para's here at Silver Run I would like to say, Thank you."
~Eric Reissek, Principal
"Thank you, Sue Zatzariny for being so helpful with your work on the CP9 final exam benchmark. Your attention to detail and concern for students is not surprising and very much appreciated. A thank you also to Jamie Abdill for assisting Sue and offering the Special Education perspective. Thanks, ladies!"
~Bridget Borlak, Dept. Chair
"Thank you to all of the volunteers that assisted the PTSA BINGO last Friday evening for the High School. They sold a tremendous amount of tickets and 50/50s to benefit project graduation and other school programs. They really took one for the team. You guys Rock!"
"A huge shout out to Henry Hartman - He has been putting in more hours than there are in a day in order to make all of our productions go smoothly. He is a wealth of knowledge and we appreciate his family making the sacrifice for our schools."
~Stephanie DeRose, Principal
"A HUGE shout out to Lori O'Toole, Sandy Andres and Denise Toscano one of our three year old LEAP teams who work tirelessly with our inclusion children providing them with a focused and intentional instruction and full collaboration with our support personnel."
~JoAnn Burns, Principal
"I would like to recognize the efforts of Jackie Bagby and the entire business office for stepping up in Mr. Kell’s absence. They have done an excellent job keeping the business operations running smoothly. Kudos to all involved!"
~Dr. Gentile, Superintendent
Have a great weekend!
Dr. David N. Gentile
Superintendent of Schools
#MPSWC (MPS World Class)
Published by Spike Cook, Millville, NJ