School Beat – June 18, 2009

Laura Featherston

Laura Featherston

Have a safe, enjoyable summer vacation!

by LAURA FEATHERSTON
Trustee, Board of Education

I can’t even believe it. As I write this, there are only five days of school left. It is such a trite thing to say, but it seems like just last week we had our welcome back assembly for the staff, the first day after Labor Day was fast approaching and I was rushing to Meijer to get school supplies.

Last weekend, I was trying to find an open weekend on the summer calendar to get together with out-of-town friends. While I am excited for all the great things our family has planned, I was stressed out that there were only a few weekends that weren’t booked with graduation parties, camping trips and other “events.” So now I’ve made a conscious effort not to plan out every free moment and to leave some time for impromptu fun. Last-minute trips to the lake, bike rides and hikes on the trails, and just hanging out at home lead to just as great of memories as the planned out, “space reserved” and “tickets bought” events that fill the calendar.

I hope everyone in the Rockford Public Schools community has a great summer. Students and families, enjoy the great weather and spending time together without the worries of schoolwork and a rigid schedule. Staff, I hope you get some well-deserved rest and relaxation, and I look forward to seeing you next fall. Construction crews who will be busy making significant changes to all the sites around the district, well, I don’t want you to relax, so keep up the good work! And to the 2009 graduates, I wish you all success in whatever path you are headed.

September 8 will be here quickly, and many of us will be back into the school routine before that. So make it a great break, and no matter how you spend it, be safe and capture lots of memories.

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