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Thinking about Favorite Things and Looking to 2015 – Thoughts from Deb Landry

Ms. Landry shared these thoughts with the Wing School community before the Winter Break that started on December 24, 2014. 

by Deb Landry, Principal – HT Wing School

It has been said that humans are story-seeking animals. The cul­tures, religions, and big ideas of ages past have been transmitted from one generation to another through parables, fables, and legends. (Eaker, DuFour, & DuFour, 2002)
”When the dog bites, when the bee stings, when I’m feeling sad, I simply remember my favorite things and then I don’t feel so bad.”  Rodgers & Hammerstein

The catchy tune “My Favorite Things” from The Sound of Music at times sung and heard as a Holiday song (Trish Yearwood recently sang it at her family Christmas party shown on an HGTV special). At this time of year, it is appropriate that we reflect on all those “favorite things” in our lives. Three of my biggies are Wing School students, Wing School staff, and Wing School families. Truly, “when I am feeling sad,” all I need do is visit any classroom at H. T. Wing School or any PTA sponsored family event and “then I don’t feel so bad.”

Our Wing School children are truly “story-seeking animals.”  We have all heard that students (and adults!) want to know how much we care before they care how much we know. I strongly believe in and share this sentiment, as do our teachers, staff, and families. As a result, our students not only learn a great deal academically, they also leave our classrooms, and eventually the Wing School with smiling faces on the outside and warm feelings inside.

I wish you and your families the most joyous of holiday seasons. During the break, I will make time to think of “my favorite Wing things” and reflect on the good thoughts and practices teachers, staff and families share with our children. Thank you one and all for caring about “all things Wing.” Thanks for persevering even through these difficult and stressful times. Thanks for finding little miracles of goodness and hope even when things appear bleak. It has been a fantastic 2014 despite many challenges; I am already looking forward to seeing everyone again in the New Year for what I hope will be a brighter 2015!  Each of you has made a difference at Wing because of the pride and “Tradition Of Excellence” you bring to the school each day!

Happy Holidays!