Todd Lyscio, Crosslake Community School Director
Spring is here (supposedly). It seems strange that by now we should be having outside recess in sunshine and warmth, not fully outfitted with boots, snow pants, mittens and heavy coats! April brings with it a flurry of activity from standardized testing to field trips and other special events. Thanks to Keith Nentl, our milk provider, our seventh- and eighth-grade students were recently treated to the Aitkin High School performance of "The Little Mermaid." We appreciate people like Keith who are so generous in providing wonderful enrichment opportunities for our students.
It is the afternoon of Dec. 15, and I am sitting in my office taking a breath after a very busy week and pondering what is sitting in front of me. At the moment, my office looks a lot more like Santa's workshop than anything else. There are 10 baskets of food and bags of presents for some of our families. What is truly special is where these baskets are coming from.
Sept. 5 was the first day of school. First one for our new kindergarten students, 34th first day of school for me as an educator. The first day of school brings with it a freshness and energy like no other. Anticipation and maybe a little bit of apprehension on the part of our kindergarten students mixed with reluctant enthusiasm on the part of our middle school students makes for an interesting mix of emotions to be sure. For me, the first day of school brought with it a number of reminders: 1. I was reminded of just how fast a summer can go.
Beginning Feb. 3 and running until the end of March, we will be accepting applications for enrollment for the 2017-18 school year. This is very important to know because we are currently full in several of our classrooms, and available openings are limited. As of this writing, we have openings remaining in kindergarten through fourth grade, with all other classes at capacity.
It is hard to believe, but we are now into the month of November. We survived the aftermath of Halloween (too much candy and too little sleep) and things for the most part have returned to normal at Crosslake Community School. I want to extend my personal thanks to all of the local businesses and parent volunteers who stepped up on a very dreary day to support our kids with candy, costumes and trunk-or-treat goodies during our annual parade.
Thank you. "We must find time to stop and thank the people who make a difference in our lives." - John F. Kennedy This is my time to be sure to stop and say thank you. First, to the families who entrust us with their children each day. Your students are a wonderful gift and I cherish the opportunity to spend the school year with them.