"Heart wrenching video clip from the movie. Finally went to see the film. Powerful. I think all kids from about Middle School age should see it with their parents."
Happy December. Since it all goes by so fast we may as well celebrate the whole month!
One of the things I appreciate most about this time is the physical transformation of the environment—the trees, the decorations, the music, and the smells.
On the downside, one of the aspects of the season that always troubles me is the focus on materialism and the consequent emotional and financial burden that this places on so many individuals and families. The other aspect relates to the emphasis placed on “family” without much thought to just how complicated “family” can be for many of us. Family and community are surely a great blessing for the “haves,” but often a source of longing and sadness for many of the “have-nots”.
Today, I want to focus on children and gifts. I’d like to direct you to learn more about the Toys for Tots organization (toysfortots.org)—both as donors, and, yes, as recipients. If you can help out and provide toys, that’s great. But my focus in writing this is to encourage us to remember that it’s OK and, in fact, important to let ourselves be helped when our resources are limited. I think we owe this to our children if it helps us to provide for their Christmas while removing some of the stress. One can pay the planet back with simple thoughts and expressions of gratitude over the coming year.
So I invite you to check into Toys for Tots for yourselves if this is a tough year for you, or to pass the information along to friends and families that may be in need.
Also, keep in mind that all of us at LDFDS would appreciate not receiving gifts. Kind words when they are genuinely felt and good wishes are the best possible gifts.
Best wishes for a happy and meaningful holiday,
Barring unforeseen circumstances between now and tomorrow morning, Lorraine Foster Day School will remain open. Our ability to open and to remain open is dependent on having adequate staff to take care of the children. Many students were absent today and many became sick and went home early. Some of our teachers are reporting not feeling well or that their children are sick.
Please, do your part by ensuring that you do not send your child to school if they do not feel well. Remember that if they are coming down with an illness, they will expose everyone on their bus. If they become sick while at school, we will call you and expect you to pick your child up in a timely manner. Please, also, make sure that you have a plan in place should it be necessary to pick up your child, or in the event we need to close the school. Your support and vigilance will benefit everyone.
We are receiving calls from parents regarding issues relating to H1N1! For example, Guilford Public Schools decided to close today and Branford is considering closing as well. We have students from 16 districts including Guilford and Branford. Most of our students have siblings who are in those schools and parents are asking our advice on whether to send them to LDFDS. I think, for now, until we can gather more information, my recommendation is that you consider keeping your child home. According to some media reports, this week is considered to be potentially critical in terms of the reemergence of the virus in CT and as you know the vaccine is still not available for all those who may want or need it. At the moment we are not formally closing the school but we will keep you abreast of our thoughts and decisions as we monitor the situation. Please check our website–ldfds.com under Message from the Director for updates.