The holiday season always makes for a busy time of year! I personally love watching our schools get into the seasonal spirit through Christmas lunches, concerts, events and more. Although I didn't have the pleasure of attending all the seasonal events I did try to attend when possible. It is always great to see the LCHS Band perform and think about the progression our students make from the Big Bland Blast to performing technical pieces of music as high school musicians. Another event that was extremely impressive was the annual LCHS musical Radio Gals. Brenda and I had the opportunity to attend the Dessert Theatre performance and it was flawless! I was so impressed by the precision with which the actors moved on and off the stage, the talent of our vocalists and musicians and last but not least the great choreography. Needless to say none of this is possible without a whole lot of volunteer time from passionate adults and a lot of very committed students. To the staff and students involved, well done, you should be very proud!
And while the wind up to Christmas has been great, I am looking forward to a slower pace over the next few weeks. My favorite part of the holiday season is the opportunity to catch up with family and friends who I don't regularly see throughout the year. This Christmas will be no different as my brother is travelling home from Los Angeles to spend time with us over the break and it will be great to catch up with him.
The wind up to the holiday is also busy because of the charitable outreach opportunities that take place. If you follow any of our schools on social media, it would be hard to miss the many times our staff and students have given back. But what isn’t necessarily seen are the businesses and individuals around town that choose to donate towards our families. While I won’t name names, I did want to tell you that we are grateful for your contributions and the impact you’re having on our students. Lloydminster is a very generous community and LPSD is humbled by the generosity we see each and every year around the Christmas season.
On behalf of my family, LPSD staff and our Board of Education I hope each and every one of you has a wonderful holiday break. Ensure you take some time to appreciate your loved ones, connect with old friends and have a whole bunch of fun. In the blink of an eye we will all find our way back to our schools and offices in January ready to take on new challenges and adventures. I, like you I am sure, are ready for a great 2018!
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year Everyone!