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Superintendent

Board of Education

Stonington Public Schools

Holiday Thoughts

By: Dr. Van Riley, Superintendent

The holiday season can be filled with joy and excitement. Certainly that is the way it is portrayed by advertisers and by the media. It is supposed to be a time for family gatherings and for celebrating our religious traditions. For many of us, this is a very special time of the year.

Positive, happy feelings may not be part of every student’s life, especially at this time of year. I ask that we all be sensitive to those around us who may appear to be celebrating on the outside, but for whatever reasons, are feeling pain on the inside. There may be a deep sadness due to a recent divorce or illness in a family. There may be feelings of inadequacy as not everyone can buy expensive gifts for family and friends as seen on the television. Mom or dad may have just lost a job. Students may compare what their friends and peers receive for gifts and feel bad about their own living situation. Psychologists and family counselors understand that feelings, especially negative ones, can be closer to the surface during the holiday season. If you sense that a student is having unusual difficulty in class or is having problems with friends or staff, please refer that student to the principal or to our counseling staff for help. That referral may be the best gift you give this year.

Thank you for everything you do to make Stonington a wonderful place to live and attend school.

WE BELIEVE IN YOU!

VISION

Stonington Public Schools:

*forward thinking*

*fostering passions*

*developing responsible citizens*

*preparing for tomorrow’s opportunities*

MISSION

Stonington Public Schools – where we believe in all students. Through partnerships with family and community, we will provide an innovative and inspirational educational environment where students succeed with confidence and develop a love of life-long learning.


Dr. Van W. Riley, Ph.D.
Superintendent of Schools
Stonington Board of Education
PO Box 479
49 N. Stonington Rd.
Old Mystic, CT 06372
Telephone: (860) 572-0506

vriley@stoningtonschools.org

Ana de Oliveira
Administrative Assistant
Stonington Public Schools
PO Box 479
49 N. Stonington Rd.
Old Mystic, CT 06372
Telephone: (860) 572-0506 x2115
adeoliveira@stoningtonschools.org


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