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Happy Holidays, and Enjoy Winter Break

Dear Families,

Winter break represents a time when we come together with family and friends to celebrate life and traditions that are meaningful to us. It also marks a halfway point for the school year and a natural time for reflection.

This has been both a wonderful and hard year so far. It has been wonderful thanks to all the incredible work going on throughout our schools. Some of our most significant and exciting system changes this year include our new start and end times, new high school schedule and the ongoing implementation of our 1:1 technology program. I am grateful every day for all of the fine people who work tirelessly for our kids at all levels.

It has also been a year that has included tough losses within our larger school family. Through the pain, I am also inspired by the many ways our community comes together to demonstrate our deep care for one another. As is so often the case, these tragedies have given us the opportunity to reflect and deepen our appreciation for each other. They also serve to put life’s routine challenges into crisp perspective, reminding us to make the very most of each and every day.

Thank you for the many ways you have shown your love and care for each other and all of us this year — in our schools and with the staff in our district office.

I look forward to kicking off a great 2018 with you when school resumes January 2. There will be a lot of good work to keep us busy, starting with a bond on the February 13 ballot. We’ll also dig into the budget development process in another year of uncertainty about how the state legislature might further change the school funding landscape. We’ve got curriculum adoptions, ongoing school improvement and construction projects from the 2013 bond, and so much more … it’s going to be a full and productive year!

Happy holidays to you and yours. I hope you rest well over the break and get to spend time with those you love.

Greg Baker