Welcome back, one and all! It is a pleasure to see all of the staff and students that came back for the first day of school for 2010. There were a few stragglers and sickies (and I can identify, since we had the flu at our house during the holidays!), but - for the most part - we all came back well rested and well fed.
My house was bustling with activity during the break, whether my daughter was there or not. On Christmas Eve, we visited with my mom and step-dad, and then on Christmas morning we picked Laurel up from her grandmother's house and traveled out to Howell to spend the day with my dad and step-mom and the rest of the extended family. On December 26, we visited with friends in from out of town (which was nice since we hadn't seen them in a couple of months), but the night of the 26th and all of the 27th was pretty unhappy as the stomach flu paid us an unwelcome visit.
New Year's Eve was uneventful. We watched Dick Clark and Ryan Seacrest as the ball fell in New York City, and it made me sad, but also hopeful for the new year.
I made a commitment to rededicate myself to making a difference for all of my students this year. I think that we at Polk have always worked hard to do what's best for the kids, but every year I like to make a new commitment to my students. I would encourage you all to do the same... to make a commitment to your children to help them do better in school, to be a better friend, to be a better person. We can all use a little encouragement from time to time, and our kids are no different.
In any case, those of us at Polk Elementary are thrilled to be back at school (and I'm pretty sure that most of you are happy to have your kids back at school, too!). Here's hoping for a New Year even better than the last, be it for each of us personally, for our friends and family, for the State of Michigan, for the United States, and for the world as a whole.