Principal's Message

Lawton Chiles ES Community Member,

I hope you enjoyed your long weekend and some beautiful fall weather! November seems to have crept up on us and although it is a short month, it is a busy one. We have the end of Daylight Savings Time (11/7), our monthly SAC meeting (11/9), our monthly Jeremiah’s Italian Ice Spirit Night (11/15), and a free flu shot clinic (11/17 - more information to come this week!). Of course, the big news was announced last Thursday when the school board voted to revert the mask policy for students back to what was originally in place in August. Students are required to wear a mask, but parents can opt their child out of this requirement with a signed note. Any notes that had been submitted previously this school year will be honored. At this time, all employees, volunteers, and visitors are still required to wear a mask while on campus. I know that this has been a contentious issue in many communities and I want to thank you all for making our job easier as we implement these policies. I think we all want to go back to “normal,” and hope that this will soon come to an end.

It was brought to my attention recently that I have a particular structure to my message in this space, and this would be the place where I would insert a quote about seeing the light at the end of the tunnel, or something of that nature. While it is true that I want to encourage everyone to be hopeful and optimistic about the current situation, it is also true that I have written several of those types of messages and quotes over the last couple of years. With that said, I want to propose a shift in perspective. Rather than waiting for light at the end of the tunnel, let’s work on being the light in the tunnel. We are moving into the holiday season and this is a good time to reflect on how we treat one another; how we react to situations outside of our control; and how we model love and kindness for our children. I am certainly not one in a position to lecture anyone about this. But I know this: virtually none of the things that cause me to treat people in a way that I would not want to be treated matter. And at the end of the day, I would give anything in my power to ensure that my son grows up with a proper perspective, knowing how kindness looks and feels, and in a world full of people who know the same. True to form, I planned on inserting a quote attributed to Mahatma Gandhi about being the change you want to see in the world. But upon further research, I found that he did not actually say that. What Gandhi actually said was:

“We but mirror the world. All the tendencies present in the outer world are to be found in the world of our body. If we could change ourselves, the tendencies in the world would also change. As a man changes his own nature, so does the attitude of the world change towards him. This is the divine mystery supreme. A wonderful thing it is and the source of our happiness. We need not wait to see what others do.”

Food for thought. Thank you for reading.

Dr. Serianni

Dr. Serianni

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