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A Message From Our Principal

Welcome to April 2020. As I write, I am reminded of all the events that we have or will miss and saddened for what more is to come. I know many of us have had to make some serious sacrifices lately. As we left school in mid- March for our original spring break, it broke my heart to see some of our fourth graders, who had worked so hard for Ameritown, crying as they left school. I watched as seniors in High School were denied the ability to compete for a state championship around the state after years of work with only two games left. But, I am always reminded of silver linings.

In tough times it is easy sometimes to think there isn’t an end in sight or that we are the only ones going through this or that or we just aren’t tough enough or strong enough to keep fighting what is seen as insurmountable sometimes. That is why this month I am writing with a few words of encouragement.

  1. All things come to an end, even bad times. While this may seem to not have an end, it will and I look forward to being able to enjoy some of those things I took for granted like going to a restaurant, meeting with friends, going back to work and having a normal routine.
  2. We have been challenged before and come out stronger in the end. Most recently for our community, I can think of the 2008 economic downturn and the 2013 flood. Both seemed to stretch some of us to our breaking points, but we didn’t break and many of us are living stronger, more meaningful lives now.
  3. We are a very strong community. From strangers helping elderly neighbors to our district employees helping feed thousands of kids with school closures. Our community comes together in times of need.
  4. This is happening to everyone. As we can sometimes focus more on our own issues and problems, we know that many are struggling with this, sometimes worse, and it is okay to not have all the answers all the time. Just knowing many are going through this can be comforting as we can rely on each other and they can rely on us to get through this.
  5. Even in the darkest hours, there are silver linings. Although hard to see sometimes, this pause in our lives could be just what some of us needed. With less travel and cars on the road because of social distancing, our environment thanks us as do our over used and congested highways. I think a lot will be learned from businesses, medical communities, and schools that this experience will no doubt be useful in the future.

As we move forward into unsure times I hope some of the inspirational stories, others’ kind words or deeds and our community bring you strength and some much needed peace. Because We Are All Bulldogs!

Michael Mazurana

Michael Mazurana
Elementary Principal
mmazurana@universityschools.com

    Elementary News
    Keeping Children Safe Around Water

    Now that summer is approaching, nothing sounds more appealing than a dip in the pool to cool off from the heat. However, when swimming pools, plastic kiddy pools, or bathtubs are involved, children need constant supervision. All it takes is two inches of water, and a child can drown.

    This is the time of year that you hear the unfortunate news of children drowning. According to Steve Eastwood’s article from About.com, around 90 people die in drowning-related incidents each year, and 75% of those deaths were children who were being watched by only one adult and were out of his/her sight for 5 minutes or less. If that is all it takes, there’s no excuse to leave your child alone for even one minute. If you need to go back inside or even walk out of the room while your child is taking a bath, take your child with you; or make sure that you have another adult watching him/her.

    Knowledge and preparation is the best prevention. The American Red Cross website offers classes to become CPR certified. Being prepared is extremely important. Look for a class in or around your area.  By being prepared, you can help save your child’s life or the life of another.

    Keep your kids safe during the summer this year. The Drowning Prevention Coalition of Arizona is a group that consists of parents, health professionals, and business leaders who try to make aware the importance of water safety. The DPCA has a great website for those interested in getting involved in the cause against children drowning. It provides great tips and resources, from tips for lifeguards to grief resources for those who have been affected by or involved in drowning or near-drowning incidents. Summertime should be fun, so keep it that way by keeping your child safe.