As we enjoy the upcoming holidays, it is my fervent wish that each of you receives and returns the seasonal bounty of blessings and good tidings that make these days truly special. It is also during this time that I am reminded of my own good fortune to serve as Superintendent of Keyes Union School District. Indeed, my lifelong career as a public school educator has afforded me vast, varied and richly rewarding opportunities to teach and to learn from young people.
Of course, I believe the faces of our children best express the true meaning of this holiday season. They radiate a sense of unbridled enthusiasm, untainted hope and unabashed joy for life and the opportunities that await them.
Indeed, no matter their circumstance or position in life, all children deserve to feel nurtured, accepted, valued, safe and loved.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow wrote:
“Between the dark and the daylight,
When the night is beginning to lower,
Comes a pause in the day’s occupations,
That is known as the children’s hour.”
This holiday season, my hope is that every child will have at least one caring adult who understands and shares the joy that comes when family and friends celebrate this time of year as “the children’s hour.” To the students, parents, teachers, staff and friends of the Keyes Union School District, please have a safe and joyous holiday season.
Wishing you a Happy Holidays and a Happy and Prosperous New Year!