- While we lack a great deal of diversity at Solon Middle School, I do realize that it isn't "Christmas Break" for all. For some, it is simply "Winter Break."
- While our poverty level is extremely low, in comparison to other schools, we do have families that struggle throughout the year - especially during the holidays. We do have children who find little, or nothing, under the tree - if, in fact, there is a tree.
- While we sometimes feel that the school day is chaotic, and somewhat unstructured, I know that some children went home to little, or no, structure and supervision. Some will come back longing to be 'reprogrammed' into a schedule and routine, while some will come back unwillingly from the comfort and protection that home has provided.
- While many of our children kept in contact with friends through activities, texting, e-mail or play dates, for some the phone did not ring.
- While we will have kids come back smiling, with unbelievable stories - stories of travels, gifts and laughter, we will also have students some back silent. For some, the their holidays were simply tragic - for whatever reason.
Wednesday, January 2, 2013
I spent some time yesterday attempting to get organized in preparation for our first day back following winter break. Today I'll begin to focus a little more intently on the "To Do List." However, as I excitedly prepare to get the ball rolling again, I'm always conscious of a few things in returning from break: