Dear Skyline Families,
Throughout much of the year, if we were to ask our students how adults measure success, most will identify fame, achieved education, profession and accumulated wealth. However, if we ask the same question during the holiday season, we may get a far different answer. This is the time of year when we have a wonderful opportunity to help our children view success based on measures besides the financial one. During this time of year, we are far more likely to define our wealth as the health of our family, the quality of our family relationships, the depth of our love for our children, and how others care about us.
Of course, this does not mean that we should teach our children that financial success is unimportant. But the holiday season reminds us that desire for financial success should also be balanced with the quality of our relationships with family, friends and community.
It is during this time of year when we reflect on what is really important within our lives. People smile a bit more freely, speak a bit more kindly, and likely mean it a bit more. During this season, we are more likely to see our daily lives not as a competition but as a journey we take with each other. We appreciate those we love, let go of perceived wrongs, reaffirm the good within those we love rather than find their faults, and remember our loved ones who are no longer with us.
This is the time of the year when we give to charity, buy gifts for friends, co-workers and family, hope for peace, and reach out to those who need our help. We remember that real wealth is having loved ones — those we love and who love us in return. In the end, this is the only real wealth that lasts. This is the time of year when we have the opportunity to demonstrate to our children all we can become.
I wish all Skyline families a safe, restful and enjoyable winter break, and we’ll see you back at Skyline in 2015.
With warmest wishes,
Lisa Denham, Principal
Don’t forget to mark these important dates on your calendar:
Winter Recess - Dec. 22-Jan. 2