December is that time of year when people give thanks for the blessings they have. I would like to share mine with you.
We have all been on a difficult journey since October when the provincial budget came into reality. It was natural for everyone to fear the worst and this created a desire for detailed information, reassurances, and opportunities for advocacy on behalf of public education. My father’s voice is always in my ear. He encouraged me to stand strong and let speculations, rumors, and biased thinking fall away. “Know what is true and important and let that be your guide.” With that in mind, Tuscany School adhered to system direction and priorities, wherein we placed students first and kept learning as our central purpose knowing that public education serves the common good. I am so grateful we can go forward with our Tuscany Staff intact. Our children continue to invest in their trusted relationships with staff members until the end of June.
I am also grateful for the profound strength within our community that continues to support public education in so many ways, representing so many teachers and valued program opportunities for our system. You made it clear every student matters. I encourage you to keep up the great work, do your homework, dig deep and ask critical questions such as “What is this about?” “Who does it serve?” “How will it impact our children in their future?” Together we will continue to put quality public education as a priority for all of our children.
I am so grateful for the Tuscany parents and extended family members. Your ongoing support of Tuscany School is heart warming. Volunteering endless hours on field trips, providing special snacks and fun lunches, helping families move smoothly through Kiss n Drop, library support, classroom reading and material preparations, incredible teacher appreciation events and so much more inspire me every day. Your ability to show how important it is to care about others in so many ways create the very village to which we all want to belong. You make spirits bright.
I want to thank our incredible Tuscany Staff. We have had challenging moments over the past few months. Your strength and resiliency is endless. I have come to know when times get tough our wonderful staff pulls together and finds ways to lift our spirits high.
I also want to thank this wonderful village for all of the heartfelt wishes and supports I have received due to my father’s passing. He was a wonderful man with great wisdom. His voice lives on in my ears.
As you make your way through this wondrous season of giving, may your time with family and friends be filled with laughter and joy. May the food you share be made with love and may all your travels over the holidays be safe and smooth sailing. We look forward to seeing everyone back on January 7th, 2020.