School Beat — November 18, 2009

Look for the silver lining

by JACQUIE FASE
Director of Transportation

“How did it get so late so soon? Its night before its afternoon. December is here before its June. My goodness how the time has flewn. How did it get so late so soon?” —Dr. Seuss.

Generally speaking, I’m a fairly positive person. I look for the silver lining, sport my rose-colored glasses, and believe that my coffee mug is always half full. As the scholarly Dr. Seuss once said, “Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting. So… get on your way!” I see this mantra embedded in the “Rockford Ram Culture” through its inspiring teachers, motivational administrators, and through all the great staff members, parents, coaches and volunteers. The transportation department believes in obtaining this level of positivity and enthusiasm as well, because each department is an essential aspect of the greater Rockford Public Schools (RPS) family. We believe that character-building goes far beyond the classroom, so just as the teachers uphold an expectation of behavior and safety, the bus drivers do as well.

As the leaves fall and the bus garage prepares for yet another Michigan winter, I can’t help but reflect on how quickly the past 15 years have gone. Just like you, I have climbed several mountains with my children, whether it be the frantic, last-minute poster board presentation, the issue of affordable prom dresses and cool jeans, or the bully on the bus. However, I was never alone with my goal to instill positive character traits within my kids, and I’m thankful for the support of the RPS community. As a member of the transportation department, I want to encourage you to seize the moment, “climb the mountain,” seek out support, and get involved as well.

For over a decade I have been a member of the extended Rockford High School family. In 2011 my youngest son will graduate, and my years as a band, choir, theatre, swim, and polo parent will come to an end. I’m not sure what I’ll do with all my spare time! Who will I make cupcakes for? Will I miss the countless hours spent behind the concession stand? Will I not have the opportunity to buy yet another Rams sweatshirt or sell candy bars in my office? No, my Rockford involvement opportunities will not cease, because there is yet another silver lining. In the fall of 2011, our oldest granddaughter will start kindergarten at Roguewood Elementary and I will embark on the new path.

For now a “Grandma Ram” I am!

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