How appropriate it is to observe American Education Week in the same month as Thanksgiving. In acknowledgement of this special week, I began Monday morning by visiting each school to personally say thank you to all of our educators, support staff, and volunteers in Palos 118. It was gratifying to be surrounded by teachers, aides, and parent volunteers in such positive learning environments.
Parents have been the backbone of Palos 118's accomplishments; from encouraging good study and nutrition habits, to attending open houses and conferences. Parent Visitation Days are being held this week at all three schools, and the high attendance is a testament to our parents' dedication.
In addition to our staff and parents, I am also grateful that our district has strong support organizations. The PFA enriches the school experience for students through programming such as art awareness, theme lunches, and more. Our Educational Foundation raises much needed funds through Laps for Literature and Trivia Night, and parent volunteers have really stepped up this year to help make the Music Program thrive. Thanks to all of our organizations for their dedication.
Our learning community demonstrates reasons to be thankful each day. Providing an excellent education to children of Palos 118 in a safe and nurturing environment is our sole purpose. I am thankful we have the people and resources that allow us to achieve this goal.
I wish each of you a Happy Thanksgiving. May your week be filled with a dash of well-deserved rest, a pinch of over-indulgence, and a heap of comfort and joy with family and friends.