I write this message on this, the winter solstice–the darkest day of the year. I am grateful for the many celebrations of light and for the sparkle which children bring to our classrooms every day. I am grateful for the many acts of generosity and kindness exhibited by our families, children, staff, and the community as a whole. I am grateful for the untiring commitment of our educators and school staffs who over the past few months and years have demonstrated remarkable resilience and creativity. I am grateful for our town officials, elected and volunteer, who work selflessly to ensure a safe and responsive learning environment for our students. I am deeply concerned by the acts of hatred and prejudice which have been visited on our neighboring towns.
I am deeply concerned by the physical and mental challenges we face as we work to recover and heal from the pandemic and its impacts. I also know that many families are facing complex challenges of their own. I acknowledge that SPS, like so many districts across the Commonwealth, is also faced with a concerning fiscal forecast.
Despite these challenges, I am hopeful. Already there are more seconds and soon there will be more minutes and hours of daylight. I truly believe that we are a community that does not tolerate hate and will take all necessary actions to ensure that all are welcome and respected. I truly believe that when faced with challenging issues, that we are a community that can agree to respectfully disagree. I truly believe that ours is a community that puts children first and recognizes that they will light the way to a brighter future.
Wishing you and yours a healthy and happy New Year,