Nichols' News

December 14, 2018

Dear Parents,

I want to thank all of you who came out and supported our Elementary Christmas Program Monday night. I thought the performance was fantastic and your children were precious! I especially appreciated the incorporation of the ukeleles, bells and tubanos, I thought it was great for all of you to get a peek into their music class. I want to give a big thank you to our PTA for helping us with the purchase of so many resources for music class and I’m glad you were able to see them being put to use!

This Christmas season is proving to be bittersweet for my husband and I. This is the last year that we’ll get to spend the Christmas season with all three of our kids in the house. When Gracie was younger I remember thinking, “I’ll be glad when she is older and I don’t have to worry so much.” A few years later, she was older but I was still worrying: “Don’t talk to strangers, stay away from the street, what are you watching on t.v.?, etc, etc. And then she became a teenager which brought a whole new realm of things to worry about; driving a car, texting, online activity, and the list goes on.

Now we’re on the homestretch of her senior year and wondering where in the world the time has gone. The thought of her moving 16 hours away from home makes me so excited for her, but I wonder what in the world we’ll do without her!. Even though our kids are growing up, I always want to make sure they are safe and happy. I am grateful to all the people and challenges they face along the way that will help develop them into responsible young adults. Isn’t that what we all want?

Parenting is hard! It seems like every day there is something else out there vying for our children’s safety or well-being and it can be hard to keep up. That’s why parents and teachers have to stick together! When you drop your children off at school, they become our “children,” and we inherit the same worries and fears for them that we have for our own children. We also inherit the pride and joy that comes when they stare down a challenge, tackle it head-on and either succeed or learn an important lesson from it.

As we move into the second semester of the school year, your child will likely face some challenges. They may come in the form of a skill or concept they are having a hard time with or a friend they are struggling to get along with. Either way, I am so glad that we can all work together to help them navigate those times and help them develop into the amazing people God designed them to be! Thank you for choosing to make your family a part of ours.

I hope you have a wonderful holiday, spend lots of time enjoying each other, and maybe even relax a bit before we charge into the new year.

Merry Christmas!

Mrs. Nichols

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