Dr. Roberto Baeza
The Season’s Gifts at Palm Lane School
There is always something very special about this time of year--a special spirit is in the air. Regardless of one’s religious affiliation and regardless of the commercialism in our streets and stores, a spirit of joy and sharing always seems to prevail during the holiday season. As we delight in this time of year, I am most grateful for the opportunity to work with your children, who each day inspire and challenge me to make their school more responsive to their individual needs. I am grateful for the opportunity to grow as a school principal serving alongside my dedicated staff. You, the parents, have enthusiastically participated in the opportunities we have offered to get acquainted with one another and I am humbled by your support. I am also delighted to welcome to our staff some very talented educators who will support our continued efforts to increase student achievement:
Mrs. Sandra Song – Vice Principal
Ms. Julie Torres – Teacher on Special Assignment
Ms. Rosa Corona – Teacher on Special Assignment
Ms. Milena Agudelo - School Office Coordinator
Ms. Lindsey Porter - P.E. Instructor
Ms. Amber - P.E. Instructor
The holiday season provides a rich opportunity for sensory experiences – the taste of traditional dishes; the smell of spices in cookies, tamales, hot cider, and other goodies; the sight of beautiful lights, candles, cards and longed-for gifts to give and receive; the sound of bells, music, fires crackling and popcorn popping and the special feeling of being close to loved ones and appreciating our heritage.
Our children bring us special joy during this season, as we share meals with friends and relatives, share gifts with our loved ones and share time together as a family. As the year draws to an end, hopefully many of us are fortunate enough to receive some extra time off. The best thing to spend on your children is time.
The gifts we give provide momentary pleasures that fade over time and are insignificant compared to the time and love we give each and every day throughout the year. That is the foundation we build in shaping the kind of adults our children will become. Children bring us their special gifts and we can build their confidence and self esteem during those crucial formative years if we as adults:
*Remember people, not things, matter most.
*Love and accept our children from the day they are born.
*Respect our children’s individual differences and appreciate each
child’s unique capabilities.
*Share good thoughts about our children with them.
*Make time to do the important things we value most.
We need to get in touch with how our children see and experience the holidays. Parents are the role models who can teach children the true meaning of the holidays. Set an example by allowing your child to see you performing acts of kindness, joining in religious or spiritual services or giving back to local organizations. Cherish the moments of the season of joy with your children, family, and friends. These are the experiences that give richness and meaning to our lives.