Dear community friend:
On behalf of the Eden Valley – Watkins School District, administration and staff, we are very grateful for your continued support and commitment to improving educational opportunities for our students. Our combined efforts and teamwork are having a positive impact on the students and families in our communities. Together, our work is making a difference in many lives.
During this special time of year, we are thankful for the opportunity to serve your child, and the impact our instruction is having on academic progress. We ask for your continued support and encouragement as we work together and move our students forward. Every note, phone call and e-mail makes a significant contribution and lasting impression on our students’ lives and helps to advance our educational mission and academic goals.
Warmest wishes for a wonderful Thanksgiving Season!
I’ve never been much of a breadwinner. Heck, I’m not much of a bread baker, and possess neither the mixing nor measuring skills required to take home any ribbons from any country fair. My youngest son, however, thinks otherwise. In his eyes, I am not only a breadwinner; I am a bread champion.
His beliefs stem from one simple truth: for the last three years, I have been living a lie.
My deception started out small, as most lies do, but over time it expanded until it had doubled in size. I entered the soon-to-be-sticky situation with the best of intentions – as an innocent volunteer during bread-making day in my son’s third grade classroom. Ever since that fateful event, he has believed I have the ability to make bread. From scratch nonetheless.
History of American Education Week
The National Education Association was one of the creators and original sponsors of American Education Week. The first observance of American Education Week occurred Dec. 4-10, 1921, and was cosponsored by the NEA and American Legion. American Education Week is observed in all communities annually for the purpose of informing the public of the accomplishments and service of the public schools and its educators. Typically, American Education Week is always celebrated the week prior to the week of Thanksgiving.
We’ll be recognizing the accomplishments and service of Eden Valley-Watkins educators at the following scheduled events.
• Monday, Nov. 18, 7:15 a.m. – Muffins with Mom at Watkins Elementary School
• Tuesday, Nov. 19, 7:15 a.m. – Muffins with Mom at EV-W Elementary School
• Wednesday, Nov. 20, 7:30 a.m. – EV-W Staff Appreciation Breakfast – EV-W High School cafeteria
• Thursday, Nov. 21, 7:15 a.m. – Doughnuts with Dad at Watkins Elementary
• Friday, Nov. 22, 7:15 a.m. – Doughnuts with Dad at Eden Valley Elementary
“You don’t really appreciate what you’ve got until it’s gone.”
These wise words came out of the mouth of my 16-year-old son; surprisingly, he wasn’t referring to a Snicker’s bar. I’ve always known he is an old soul, but this particular insight was unexpected. Typically teenage boys are consumed by thoughts of driver’s licenses, (girls), the Friday night football game, (girls) and food. Lots and lots of food.
Time for reflection and philosophical epiphanies are best left to old people – you know, those 30 and older. People like your mom. Or teachers. So I thought. Shows you what I (don’t) know.
Government Shutdown – stay tuned for more
Stay tuned for the uncertainty of federal government decisions and potential shutdowns that may return in February. The Oct. 1,
federal government shut down and debt-ceiling debate has been temporarily resolved. As you well know, our Washington officials “kicked the can” around until finally reaching a resolution on Oct. 16. They agreed to fund our government operations at 2013 levels through January of 2014. It’s been predicted that another government shutdown and debt ceiling debates will be back as early as February of 2014. Stay tuned.