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    Can you believe that the holidays are here?   It is a time for explaining to children that the true gift of the holiday season is giving and caring for others.  I am so thankful for each and every child, family member, and staff member that I have the pleasure of working with here at Sunset Park!  Thank you for all of the many gifts and talents that you bring to our school each day!

    Our teachers are working hard to prepare our children for the academic challenges in our school.  We count on you as parents to support and encourage the children to strive for academic success and good character.  Thank you for supporting us as we work with your precious little ones!

    Keep in mind that being in school every day means that your child won’t miss out on learning.  Try to schedule appointments and family trips outside of school hours whenever possible. If they ask to stay home “just because,” remind them of what they’ll miss, such as their reading group or art class.  Take a moment to explain that they can be absent only if they are sick or if there is a family emergency.

    I genuinely hope that you take time to enjoy the holiday season with your family. Sometimes it can be a very exciting, but hectic, time of year.   We need to remember to slow down and relax.

    As always, please feel free to call if you have any questions or concerns. We can be reached at 981-1260.

    Here is one of my favorite quotes to think about during this busy time:

    “May you have the gladness of the holiday season which is hope; The spirit of the holiday season which is peace; The heart of the holiday season which is love.”

    ~Ada V. Hendricks

    Happy Holidays to all!

    Tammy T. White, Ph.D.

    Principal