Welcome back. I hope your family had a wonderful break and had time to enjoy being with one another. I had the chance to visit my dad in Ft. Myers, Florida, and help him as he cares for my stepmother who is suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. While I was there, we spent time together going through old slides to select the ones we wanted to convert to digital pictures. Viewing these pictures reminded me of how important it is to spend time together as a family. My mother passed away when she was only 47 years old, but I am thankful for the time we spent together and appreciate having photos to keep those memories alive. I hope your family had the opportunity to make memories and enjoy special times together over Spring Break.
I was fortunate enough to attend some parent conferences in February. Attending conferences gives me the opportunity to see the home/school partnership at its best. I love seeing how well the teachers know your children and how important your children’s successes are to them. Our children are lucky to have parents so interested in their education and willing to do everything possible for them. Unfortunately, I don’t think that is the case everywhere. I thank you for the confidence and support you give to your child’s teachers.
While attending one of these conferences, I heard a teacher share something that I wish I had thought about when my son was growing up. As a new parent, this teacher asked a friend how she knew what to do in raising her children. They did not send you home from the hospital with an owner’s manual and she struggled with knowing if she was making the right decisions. Her friend replied that she always thought about what was going to make her life easier later. It might be easier to rock the baby to sleep every night so she didn’t cry now, but what would happen six months from now? As we work to make our children more independent, I think this is an idea worth thinking about. We certainly want to give children the support they need, but we might also consider what is going to make our lives easier down the road and what is best for our children in the long run.
There are a few items that you need to be aware of as we come back.
- The children may wear shorts again. Please remember that long pants are still required on days we attend chapel.
- On Tuesday, March 17, we will celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with a Green NUD.
- We will be making changes to the handbook next year concerning outerwear for Lower School children. After receiving very persuasive letters from some of our 4th and 5th grade children, and discussing it with faculty members, we will now allow the children to wear any of the Lovett outerwear sold in the Campus Shop, including the hooded sweatshirts. This will begin for the remainder of this year and continue through next year.
Lower School Interim Principal