|Pre-K and first grade students join together this week to watch a |
shadow puppet show, written and performed by fourth graders
Welcome back to that wonderfully busy time in the life of a school that we call December. I hope you all had a refreshing Thanksgiving break. I enjoyed a delicious Thanksgiving meal around my table with good friends and a couple of people I did not know, one of whom had traveled from Poland and who spoke no English. It’s amazing how we can all communicate the spirit of the season even with those with whom we cannot converse.
One of the themes of conversation that arose at my table was a common love for this particular holiday because it has not been subjected to the vast consumerism and commercialism of other holidays. How great it is to be able to sit down and simply enjoy good food, good wine, and good company without all the trappings and trimmings of endless decorations and gifts.
I don’t know about you, but I’m reaching that annual stress-point in my calendar when all the holiday gifts I need to buy start interrupting my sleep. In my house, we celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, and both my daughters’ birthdays at this time of year. I want to get gifts for some friends, my neighbors, my co-workers, and my family in England whose gifts I should have put on a trans-Atlantic freight ship about two months ago. It can be a little overwhelming. I try to be thoughtful. I promise never to buy anyone an ugly sweater, but sometimes writing a check would be so much easier.
If your e-mail inbox looks anything like mine, you’re getting several solicitations a day from non-profit organizations to whom you’ve given in the past, asking you to take advantage of Colorado Gives Day next Tuesday. You’ve likely heard from Friends' School as this is the first year that we, as a school, have participated in this sensational opportunity. Any donations given to our school on Tuesday will be automatically increased through the generosity of the First Bank Incentive Fund. 100% of your donation, plus the incentive, goes directly to Friends’ School (you don’t even have to pass “GO”) when you donate online through Giving First, with no fees charged.
|Fourth grade shadow puppets, created under |
the direction of art teacher Rachel Relin
We are in the midst of our Annual Fund campaign, which we rely on each year to help provide this wonderful education to our students. We have a lofty goal that we have not yet reached. We respectfully ask that, if you appreciate what this school does for our children, you choose to make Friends' School one of your top philanthropic priorities at this time of year. And what better time to do it than with the added incentive of free money?