It’s the most wonderful time of the year

The holiday excitement is palpable at Willowbrook School. At this time in the year, we are all trying to stay healthy and wrap up our units of study before the winter break. The teachers are trying to hold off all student celebrations until Friday.

“…there’ll be much mistletoe-ing and hearts will be glowing when loves ones are near…”

Some of our parents may want to join us at the All-District Winter Sing or the Willowbrook Winter Sing on Friday. Per D30 tradition, Willowbrook and Wescott students will board buses and travel to Maple School for an all-district sing-a-long. We should begin around 10:40 a.m. Following principal read-a-loudsĀ in the library and room parties, Willowbrook will hold a sing-a-long in the gym. Parents are welcome to join us at 2:15 p.m. This is a very special school event.

With all the holiday parties, shopping, and year-end work requirements, it is easy to forget the purpose of these winter holidays. I am often guilty of failing to “live in the moment”. With that in mind, I am trying to remember to be fully present for my students and my 2 boys at home. That means slowing down and turning off all screens. I am also trying to let go of my expectations for a perfect “Griswold” holiday. I am also telling myself to be more gentle with my co-workers and family members.

There is much be thankful for at Willowbrook. I hope you will join me in counting blessings and being “fully present” with each other. I wish you and your family a peaceful season and a restful break. Maybe I will see you on Friday.

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