A new century of discovery
Volume 11, Issue 34
May 24, 2013
Dear North Lake Families,
Thank you for another great week at North Lake School. Thank you to Mrs. Riesing and all the students who put on a great show Thursday night for our annual Music Theater Night. Many hours were dedicated to the preparation of the show, and it always comes together to make us proud. We are blessed to have so much talent in our small school!
Monday is Memorial Day in the U.S. For many people it is a day off of work and school marking the gateway weekend to the summer. Its real purpose is to pay tribute to the individuals who made the ultimate sacrifice in service to the United States. It was first established on a national level in 1868 (3 years after the Civil War) and became a federal holiday in 1971. In 1950, Congress, by a joint resolution, approved a request to the President to issue a proclamation calling on the people of the United States to observe each Memorial Day as a day of prayer for permanent peace and designating a period on that day when the people might unite in prayer at 11:00 am local time. Congress also designated 3:00 pm local time as a time for all Americans to observe the National Moment of Remembrance (1 minute of silence… lights on if you’re driving) to remember and honor those who died in service to the United States.
I have written numerous articles over the past several years about perspective. We, as a school district, have stepped up many times in partnership with the scouts, local churches, military, local businesses, etc. to help support people in need locally and globally. We have done food drives, gift drives, collected mittens, stuffed animals, coats, shoes, etc.., and delivered them locally, across the state, country, and to people in other countries.
There was a devastating tornado that struck Oklahoma this past week killing several people and leveling a tight-knit community very similar to our own. I was contacted by the Rochwerger family earlier this week to tell me that the community that was devastated is the one they moved from only a couple of months ago to join our North Lake family. As in the past, when tragedies like this occur, sometimes we are called upon to help. Next week we are collecting a variety of items that are needed in Moore right now to support the thousands of families who lost their homes, school, and much more. Please see the attached list of items we are collecting. It is our intention to send these items directly to Moore, Oklahoma to the school and church the Rochwergers are still closely connected to next weekend. Depending on the amount of items we collect, we will mail them or deliver these items personally.
We greatly appreciate any and all items you can donate. We will have collection boxes available in front of the office all next week. If you are not able to secure any of the items, we are also collecting cash or checks to provide financial support to those who need it. 100% of all donations will get to the people of Moore directly. If you write a check, you can make it out to North Lake School and write “Oklahoma Tornado Relief” on the memo line and we will consolidate the checks into one before sending. We will provide you with a receipt for all money donations for tax purposes. If you have any questions or would like to know anything specific about Moore, Oklahoma, Rich and Mandy Rochwerger would be happy to discuss it with you. Their e-mails are firstname.lastname@example.org or mandyrochwerger @yahoo.com . Thank you in advance for your generosity in helping us help others. Sincerely, the Rochwergers and North Lake School.
Have a great Memorial Day weekend, and we will see you back in school next Tuesday.
May 27: No School-Memorial Day
May 29: 4th grade field trip
May 30: Other thing that’s happening at the school
May 49: Impossible!