Tuesday, December 17, 2013

A Season for Gratitude

Dear Stowe High Parent/Guardian,

In this season of giving, I think it is also important to express gratitude. On behalf of all of us here at Stowe High School---thank you so much for supporting our school. Many communities talk a good game when it comes to supporting their schools. We are blessed with an actual and very strong school/community partnership. This partnership is evident in so many ways: a wonderful new hockey rink, the Stowe Education Fund's Christmas tree fundraising drive, an animated group of parents at last week's SHS Parent-Teacher-Student Team meeting, and, most recently, a group  of fathers who cooked and served a holiday breakfast to our faculty and staff.

Clarification from earlier version: "We are grateful for our school and community when tragedy strikes." My earlier version did not convey what I had intended. My apologies if the earlier sentence left the wrong impression.   Recent SHS graduate (Class of 2013) Haven Shonio's passing last week in a traffic accident demonstrates the importance of school and community working together to support families and students. As difficult as these circumstances are, we can only move through them with each other. Our hearts go out to the Shonio family. As the holiday break approaches, join me in trying to put the little things in perspective---and hug your children all the more tighter.

Happy holidays from everyone here at Stowe High School to your family,

Jeff Maher