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A Message From Our Principal
Dear High School Families,
Happy April Fool’s Day!
As we navigate this challenging time, I am grateful for the wonderful community, students, and staff that we have at University.
For the duration of this school closure, please communicate any concerns and feedback to us so that we can work to improve as we go. Teachers are working hard to plan and deliver meaningful education to students in our new environment, even as we wait for a return to normal schedules and processes. Many of the details are being worked out and adjusted as we go. Your patience, grace, feedback, and support are greatly valued as we work through these things together.
During the closure, all school events are cancelled. As soon as in-person classes are restored, we will be making plans for whatever we can through the remainder of the school year. Several of our teams and groups had heartbreaking cancellations. Knowledge Bowl, Speech and Debate, FBLA, FCCLA, band, baseball, track, and tennis have all lost key competitions, state competitions, or entire seasons. Prom, senior projects, senior boards, concerts, and other events have been cancelled as well. We know that these are important parts of the high school experience for many students.
We will work with students – especially graduating seniors – to minimize the effects of the disruptions and to understand individual situations where necessary.
As you are working with your students at home, please know that we want to continue to support them despite the nature of remote learning. Our counselors and support staff are still working, checking in with students, and available, if needed. Teachers are offering a variety of ways to be in touch with them. Sources of Strength and student leadership will be working to provide ways to make positive connections with one another and stave off the isolation. Mr. Campbell and I are also available for students or parents as needs arise.
Again, I am thankful for the wonderful people we get to work with at University. The ways in which our community has responded has been awesome in pulling together and supporting one another.
High School Principal
Go for it, Mom and Dad! You can keep your sanity and plan a budget-friendly, kid-friendly, birthday party for your child right in your own home. Simply consider your guests, your available space, and your inventory. Here's How...
Keep Things in Perspective
As a birthday party approaches, it’s natural to worry whether you’ve made the day “special enough” for your child. There’s a temptation, then, to go out and buy more—more gifts, more decorations, more stuff. But think about what this teaches your children. Instead of showering them with material affection, find more meaningful ways to make them shine on their day. Make a book about their life. Decorate their door with streamers the night before their birthday, so it’s the first thing they see when they wake up in the morning. Make their favorite breakfast that day. You can be they’ll remember the warmth of those moments long after the memories of extra trinkets and toys have faded.
Food for Thought
Friends will understand if you can’t serve a full-blown dinner at a child’s birthday party. If your budget only allows for cake and ice cream, don’t hold the party at 5 or 6 p.m., a time when guests have the right to assume something hearty will be served. Have the party at 2 or 3 p.m. instead, and call the event a “dessert party” on the invitations, so guests don’t show up with empty stomachs. Some families buy a set of reusable dinnerware that only gets used for parties. That helps make the event special without being wasteful. If ordering out is a must, call around for the best deals and use coupons. Pizza shops almost always run some sort of special, and don’t be afraid to ask if one is willing to beat their competitor’s price.
Do it Yourself
We sometimes forget how easy it would be to make party supplies ourselves. Professionally made cakes can be expensive, whereas making one yourself costs much less. Read up on basic skills for making and decorating cakes.
Reuse and Repurpose
When buying party supplies, ask yourself if they can be reused down the road. If you choose a timeless design, some decorations could last a lifetime. Wrapping paper alone can cost a small fortune, and it gets shredded in seconds in the hands of an excited birthday boy or girl. Instead, wrap gifts in newspaper, sew reusable fabric gift sacks or buy them, or save paper gift bags, and use them over and over again.
When buying party supplies, ask yourself if they can be reused down the road. If you choose a timeless design, some decorations could last a lifetime. Wrapping paper alone can cost a small fortune, and it gets shredded in seconds in the hands of an excited birthday boy or girl. Instead, wrap gifts in newspaper, sew or buy reusable fabric gift sacks, or save paper gift bags to use over and over again.
Here are some other money-saving moves:
- Host the party at home or in a public park rather than at an event facility.
- Keep the number of guests to a minimum.
- Buy food in bulk, and cut fruits and vegetables yourself rather than buying pre-cut trays from the grocery store.
- Send email invitations, or make your own paper invitations using craft supplies you already own.
A party at home can definitely save you money but will require your time and creativity. Working with your child to plan a fun and engaging birthday party is something you will both remember forever!