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Note from Superintendent Swanson: Nov. 23, 2020

In difficult times, it's so hard to look around and to see what to be grateful for.      

Alice Barrett

Dear Westminster Community,

I found the above quote on the internet when I was looking for a message to share with you as we enter the holiday season and celebrate Thanksgiving later this week.

We have been through some very difficult times as individuals and as educators. I know I speak for pretty much for everyone when I say 2020 can’t end soon enough. This year has challenged us in ways we never imagined.

My heart goes out to those in our community who have lost loved ones during this pandemic and I understand that this holiday season will be difficult for many people. This issue of What’s Up WPS includes a story about how WPS is offering emotional support to staff and families and includes links to some available resources.

 It’s important that we all take a moment to figure out how we can help those who are struggling.

That’s what you see happening with our food distribution program that is only possible because of the hard work of our culinary services team. One of our photographers caught up with them last Thursday when they were handing out Thanksgiving meals, but you should know that they do this work every day.

I recently received a wonderful letter from a parent who expressed her appreciation.

“I just wanted to say thank you to WPS for the food program during the reset weeks and over the summer. My kids call it “fancy lunch” and are always so excited to pick up food from the tent by the school. I love that it is available to all my neighbor kids and families without question and contains such a variety of foods—even fresh produce! Thank you thank you thank you for caring for kids and families in our community.”

I am so grateful to all of our WPS employees who have pulled together to create “fancy lunches,” provide technology support to our staff and students, keep our buildings clean and safe and, of course, educate our children.

When the history of 2020 is written, all these acts will stand out as reminders of what a strong and caring community we are.  A reminder that we really are a district where education is personal.

Kindest regards,

Dr. Pamela Swanson

Superintendent of Schools