Apropos of its name, this year’s Reindeer Romp took place in the snow. More than 75 girls from 7 Alexandria City Public Schools joined the 6500 participants who ran in today’s 3.1 mile event.
Are you ready for winter? The season won’t change officially until Dec. 21, but a wintry mix is in the forecast for Saturday. If the thought of snow makes you cringe, consider the viewpoint of British author and playwright J.B. Priestley: “The first fall of snow is not only an event, it is a magical event. You go to bed in one kind of world and wake up in another quite different, and if this is not enchantment then where is it to be found?” Have a delightful weekend!
Take heed of today’s words of wisdom, spoken by children’s advocate and actress/producer/director Goldie Hawn: “Youthfulness is connected to the ability to see things new for the first time. So if your eyes still look at life with wonder, then you will seem young, even though you may not be chronologically young.”
Celebrate the International Day of Disabled Persons tomorrow, Dec. 3. The General Assembly of the United Nations proclaimed the observance in 1992 as a means to promote global understanding of disability issues and the rights of persons with disabilities. Did you know that globally, nearly one in 10 people lives with a disability and likely faces barriers in everyday life? Ask your school librarian to recommend books that can help children learn more about the issues faced by people with disabilities.
Tomorrow, Dec. 2, is Special Education Day, marking the 34th anniversary of the nation’s first federal special education law. The ACPS Special Education Parent Resource Center offers free workshops and training sessions, parent support groups and in-person and telephone support and information. These services are available at no charge to all residents of Alexandria with children ages birth to 22. For more information about the center and its upcoming events, as well as links to helpful resources, visit the Web page at http://www.acps.k12.va.us/prc/ .
The ever-quotable British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, born on this date 135 years ago, made this eloquent observation: “All the great things are simple, and many can be expressed in a single word: freedom, justice, honor, duty, mercy, hope.”
Heap high the board with plenteous cheer and gather to the feast,
And toast the sturdy Pilgrim band whose courage never ceased.
— Alice W. Brotherton
That intriguing statement was delivered to the School Board last Monday, when Superintendent Sherman was unveiling the Board’s first look at the division’s education plan – the specific steps needed to implement our strategic plan.
Emma A. Cabrera, a teacher at the Minnie Howard Campus of T.C. Williams High School, died this morning when her car ran over her in her driveway.
Celebrate Use Less Stuff Week (Nov. 19 through 25), an observance that promotes conserving resources and reducing waste. Visit http://www.acps.k12.va.us/green/ to learn more about the earth-friendly practices being implemented around ACPS and to check out links to online green resources.