I have a friend who wondered out loud on Facebook whether it was weird for her to be excited about the purchase of a new vacuum cleaner. There can be only one answer to an outrageous question like this:
A vacuum is worthy of a fair amount of hoopla. It is a nearly-essential household appliance, albeit not a major one, but in a similar position of importance as a crockpot or coffee maker. (And who’d want to live without those?) I can get excited about a whole lot less than a vacuum – like when my stainless steel fridge is free of streaks and smudges, or I happen to nab the last scoop of rocky road ice cream.
On behalf of the Eden Valley – Watkins School District faculty and staff we want to thank you for working with us. We have worked very hard to meet your expectations in providing a quality education that is safe and nurturing. We take pride in our work and our profession, and continually explore new ideas, concepts, and practices that will prepare your child for the future demands of this global economy.
We want to thank you for your support and participation in all of our academic, artistic, and athletic programming. We hope this holiday season brings you happiness and peace of mind. Best wishes for a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
As a self-professed fan of the English language, I like to think I stay hip with our ever-evolving lingo, but I learned a new vocabulary word this week. It came to my attention during a news story about a 16-year-old boy in Texas who, as part of his defense in a drunk-driving case, claimed he suffered from a condition called affluenza, or poor-little-rich-kid syndrome.
His legal team said he couldn’t be held accountable for his actions because he was too rich to understand that other people are, well, people too. His parents’ wealthy lifestyle makes them responsible for his affliction. They were so busy buying him expensive vehicles, designer clothing and lavish toys that they forgot to teach him right from wrong. Or so the story goes. In other words, this whole thing is not his fault.
I am a hot mama – although not in the way you might be thinking. I am hot, but I’m not referring to a trendy or hip sort of fashion, which, ironically, might also be thought of as cool. I am hot as in Hades hot. Temperature hot. My husband is not. (Hot in a temperature sort of way, that is.)
It didn’t used to be like this.
In our early years of marriage I suffered from chilled-to-the-bone syndrome. Brrrr was practically my middle name, especially at night. I wore winter pajamas – the kind with the feet built right in. I piled on thick quilts and comforters – the more the merrier. Still, I froze.
Being the yin and yang that we are, my husband, who rested on his side of our bed inches from me, complained of the insufferable heat while I shivered and threw on an extra blanket. His body operated like an oven; my toes were like those jelled ice packs you use to soothe a pulled muscle.
The school district negotiations team met with the Eden Valley – Watkins Federation of Teachers team on Tuesday, Dec. 10. Continuous progress was made and we have reached a tentative agreement on language and finances. We’re in the process of completing the updates to the tentative contract that will eventually be voted on by members of each bargaining group.
I’d like to recognize and thank the following team members for the sacrificed time, patience, and displays of professional character and community pride while collaborating in the best interest of the Eden Valley-Watkins School District. The teachers were represented by Mary Holmberg, Diane Steffes, Donna Orbeck, Dave Dziengel and Jake Anderson. The district was represented by Bob Stenger, Shelley Kern, Julie Meyer, and alternate Rob Flaschenriem.