Thursday, August 30, 2012

Labor Day Means More Than Time Off School

Since 1884, we Americans have been observing our Labor Day federal holiday on the first Monday in September. The first Labor Day, however, took place on a Tuesday in 1882. Every year since, it has become a time for our nation to pay tribute
to the contributions and achievements of American workers.

Here’s a quote from the Albert Einstein that seems especially fitting:
“A hundred times every day I remind myself that my inner and outer life depend on the labors of other men, living and dead, and that I must exert myself in order to give in the same measure as I have received and am still receiving.”
For me, Labor Day also gives me a chance to reflect on the history of our great nation. The American worker created so much of our strength, freedom and leadership. This day of commemoration also symbolizes the end of summer for many Americans.

What does the holiday mean to you?

Friday, August 17, 2012

Get Set for Back-to-School Time; What's Your Favorite First-Day Memory?

The beginning of the school year is an exciting time.  There is an eagerness to see friends again from the previous year, an anticipation of victories in athletics or fine arts, and a determination to accomplish individual goals.  Though the school supply list has changed, purchasing a new box of crayons or new notebooks with organizers was a highlight to a new beginning.  Employees throughout our district have worked all summer to help assure a great first day.  Your support is vital is establishing the importance of learning and education.  The Dallas Morning News put together a helpful list of back-to-school suggestions for parents and students, whether starting to kindergarten or heading to college. Please join us as partners as we begin 2012-2013.

 We only have about a week to go before school starts! What's your favorite back-to-school memory?