Greetings once again from your UAS Middle School!
As I sit at my desk writing this article it is less than a week’s time until the winter holiday. Many fond memories flood my mind of holiday’s past, and of prized family celebrations. While I reflect upon the joy I have experienced in years gone by, I am also looking forward to traveling this holiday, sharing food, adventures, and fun times with my adult children. It is an easy time of year to be reflective about both my professional and my personal life. That said, I am taking pause to be grateful for the many blessings in my life: past, present and yet to be.
Grateful for a faithful employee, now departed: The UAS Middle School family said a fond farewell to Ms. Suzanne Makaram this week as she and her family have embarked on a new adventure and returned to the good old US of A. On paper, Suzanne was our first Administrative Assistant, but rest assured she was much more than that to me, and to “us”. I am so very grateful for Suzanne’s smile and for her positive disposition. She was kind to her very core and incredibly supportive of me, the teachers, the students and the parents of our great school. Upon entering the MS office, Suzanne was our first contact with a warm/friendly greeting to welcome anyone who crossed our threshold.She was dependable beyond compare and loyal to the MS team and to UAS. On behalf of the entire UAS Middle School community, I sincerely want to thank her for her positive contributions to the greater good of our school, but more importantly to the climate of our school. She has left an indelible mark upon us all. May peace be upon her and her family.
Grateful for a former colleague, now reunited: I kindly ask you to please welcome the talented Ms. Hana Malak to the MS office as the newest member of our Leadership Team. After working with me last year, and serving the Elementary School for many years, my team and I are happy to have Ms. Hana move across the campus and join us in the Middle School. WOOHOO!!!!
Grateful for my family: This will mark the first of my 56 years that I will not be able to wish my father a Merry Christmas and/or a Happy New Year. Melancholy am I. I am left with many, many fond memories of my dearly departed father, and as I have in the past 12 months, I will continue to carry those cherished recollections with me moving forward. One of my favorite memories of this season was when I played Santa Claus for my great nieces at our annual family gathering. I always tried my best to be jolly for sure, and that would make my father smile and laugh. When he watched his children, his grandchildren and his great grandchildren interact with Santa, the delight on his face was simply priceless. Long may the memory of his joy live in the chronicles of my family.
Be grateful: My wish for you this holiday season is that you can continue to share and enjoy the gift of time with your family. May you continue find the occasion to frequently share the gift of time with your children: time and time and time and time again. In my humble opinion, there is no gift more rare, or more meaningful, and it is the gift which will keep on giving for time immemorial. I myself have so very much for which to be grateful. As we prepare for the passing of one year, and another calendar year is set to begin, may you also pause and reflect upon the many things for which you too should be thankful. May you find as much happiness in your fond family memories, as I have in mine.
Until our paths cross again in person, please take good care and may peace be upon you.
Please note the upcoming important MS events:
• December 15: ½ day of school – Last school day before Winter Break. Noon dismissal
• January 2: First school day in 2017!!! HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!