Supt. Hausmann Thanksgiving 2019 message

Dear Parents/Guardians,
There are moments in life when an event plays in slow motion because it leaves an imprint on your brain. I have a Thanksgiving memory like that -- it was the ONE year our family ate turkey.
My grandparents did not raise turkeys on their farm, only chickens. Thanksgiving was a blend of Sicilian food with chicken and all the fixings. So I recall my surprise when, upon arriving at the "Point View" farm, I saw a turkey round the corner of the farmhouse. As I contemplated a turkey dinner for a change, that bird started speeding right toward me.
I ran pretty fast as a kid, but I met my match that day. It took a jump from the path to the porch to avoid an attack -- by our family's planned main course.
Lesson of the story: Stay safe, and watch out for turkeys!!

All of our schools do an amazing job of thanking our veterans on Veterans Day. Students write letters, bring in photos and stories of their veteran family members, and invite veterans to speak to students. Normandy Elementary holds an assembly and a parade, and this year's event was especially successful with more than 70 veterans in attendance! Read more about that wonderful day HERE.

As your superintendent, I am grateful for:

Pumpkin 3 our students whom I have had an opportunity to get to know through my podcast interviews (here's a new one with our senior boys soccer players) and Superintendent's Student Advisory Council, as well as other opportunities to see them perform in the fine arts, athletics and extracurriculars. I have faith in them to take care of our future;
Pumpkin 3 each staff member, because of their dedication to their work — the creativity, hard work, love and pride in the job they do for our children;
Pumpkin 3 our Board of Education members, who serve so many hours only because they want nothing but the best for our students;
Pumpkin 3 our community members, who support our students in so many ways, whether through an organization like Kiwanis or the Bay Education Foundation, or just being there when we need them;
Pumpkin 3 our parents, because so many of you work through organizations like PTA, Bay Music Boosters, or Rockets Association to offer wonderful programs and financial support for all our children;
Pumpkin 3 but most importantly, our parents as they support of our teachers and schools each day by making sure our children do their homework, arrive on time, and respect their teachers and principals -- key factors in getting a good education.

My family and I wish you and yours a happy and blessed Thanksgiving!

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