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Our class has been studying the Holocaust. We are discussing a very sensitive matter and I would love it for you and your student to continue the conversation at home. They will probably have a lot to share, which is a rare thing at this age, but they are being exposed to many facts and events. We have already read 6 short stories on this topic and the whole class is participating in small group projects reading a short novel. In a few weeks we will be reading the novel Night by Ellie Wiesel. If you can get a copy, join us. You will be amazed at the content. Also, there are many opportunities in central Florida to learn more about the holocaust through museums and even visiting a Jewish Temple.


Along with our study of World War II and The Holocaust which will continue into the new year, I could not let this time of year escape a few thoughts of your student.

First of all, if you need to be reminded, the student we share, he/she is awesome. I have really learned so much about them and heard about many of their hobbies, talents and even dreams. They are a great bunch of kids, I never leave school without a story and for sure a smile. We have a lot to be thankful for.

Second, I am so grateful for your support. I could not do this job without your efforts to help your child. With the new year, I will be calling on you to give even more. The spring semester is full of testing and wrapping up their middle school career.

Lastly, I am thankful to work in a great school, county and live in an amazing country such as ours. I have seen what's out there in other parts of the world, and we have it pretty good here. Let's all do our part to make it great, find the good in others and keep it all in perspective.

Have a wonderful break and take time to appreciate the little things.