Dec 22
December 22, 2022

Hello SWL Families, 

I would like to begin this week's message by acknowledging that yesterday was Winter Solstice! The solstice is a time of significance, celebration, ceremony and song for some Indigenous cultures. Winter solstice is a celebration of light returning to Turtle Island. It is the shortest day of the year. Grandfather Sun begins to shine longer each day, bringing a promise of warmer weather, growth, and new life. Darkness can represent struggle, and light brings hope of easier times. Elder Randy Bottle (Saa'kokoto) teaches us that the Solstice begins a new year. It is a time for reflection, to look back at moons past and look forward to the “new sun" of the future; a time to appreciate what transpired over the past year, lessons that have been learned, and to set new intentions.  

Today is an exciting day as we have made it through quite the cold snap, are hosting our first wrestling match this year, have our second whole school pep rally and will be beginning our winter break today! There is definitely a buzz of excited energy in the building from both staff and students that is contagious! 

I wish all of you a wonderful, safe and restful winter holiday and look forward to welcoming students back in January.

Take care

Ms. Petroni
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