I am sending this message out a little early this evening because I want folks to know that pictures of our Valentine Pageant will be on WYFF on the 5 and 6 o’clock news tonight.    We had quite a party here today with both WYFF and the Greenville News folks joining us, as well as students from a couple of Sara Collins classes, lots of parents and friends,  and members of Shannon Forest Christian School’s Key Club who served as escorts for our students.    Our teenagers looked beautiful and handsome;  the dancing was interesting;  and, we all had a great time.  Many thanks to Brooke Timms and her committee who made it all happen, and to Colleen Salling who took amazing pictures.

Some sad news----- we found out this week that while Warren Bulos was in Hawaii for a brother’s funeral, a second brother also passed away.   Warren will be back with us on Monday but will be returning to Hawaii at some time in the future for the second funeral.  Also, Greta Williams’ aunt, who lived in Chicago,  passed away unexpectedly this week.  Please  remember these Washington Center folks in the coming weeks. 

We are still collecting donations for this spring’s yearbooks and send many thanks to those of you who have sent in money to defray publishing costs.  We think the book will be a treasure.    Also, if you have not completed a free/reduced lunch form, please do so.  Title One money is distributed to schools based on the percent of students who qualify for subsidized meals, even if they do not actually eat the meals.  So families of students who are tube fed, who are homebound, or who have specialized diets, still might qualify and could possibly help us to access additional funds to support our programs.  Applications can be accessed  on our  school website. 

Remember, no school on Monday, and you will need to monitor the situation for Tuesday.  If you have the Remind app,  you will get a text from me about any delays or closings that I hear about, but it would still be a good idea to check on news channels.     Next week we have SIC on Tuesday,  our PTA parents’ breakfast on  Wednesday with guests from the Palliative Care group,  and on Friday  the folks from Law Enforcement will be back to work with more of our classes.    Also,  Linda Hill asks that  parents of students who are 13 or older  return the transition surveys teachers sent home this week.

I hope everyone will have a happy Valentine’s Day and a restful weekend, and we look forward to getting back to school on Tuesday --- weather permitting.