Happy Holidays!

Message from Mrs. Fishkin

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Wishing you a wonderful holiday and happy New Year!

As we prepare for the holiday break ahead and look to the end of 2020, I know I am grateful for the incredible dedication, collaboration, and commitment of our staff, students, and families that make PRES such a special school community. As one year ends and another one begins, we have an opportunity to pause, reflect on the year behind us, and set new goals for ourselves.

The month of January is named after the Roman god, Janus. Janus was the god of beginnings and transitions in Roman mythology, and presided over passages, doors, gates and endings, as well as in transitional periods such as from war to peace. He was usually depicted as having two faces looking at opposite ways, one towards the past and the other towards the future.

As we reflect on the past year and look to the future, I am reminded to not only pay attention to the things that have troubled us, caused us grief, or left us feeling worried, scared, or isolated. I am reminded that we can choose to live our lives with hope, love, and gratitude, and focus our energy on the things we can control - the ways in which we respond and react to the situations and people around us. I am grateful for my connection with each one of you. I am grateful for the inspiration I get each day, from our PRES community, as we learn together and educate our children in new and innovative ways. I know that this past year has been one that has been painfully challenging. We have lost loved ones, moments of childhood, and opportunities to socialize, connect, and engage with one another. Yet, we have found solace in time less rushed, time at home with family, getting lost in a good book, a hike through the woods, food on the table, and a roof over our heads. Whatever challenges this year has brought you, I hope you will take time this holiday break to find gratitude in the things that bring you joy and comfort, and surround yourself with love. Here's to a year of hope, new beginnings, and reconnection in 2021!

Stay safe!

Amy Fishkin