News from Superintentent Mr. Novasio

As the calendar year starts to wind down and we get into the holiday season I wanted to make everyone in the community aware of the various events we have going on here at Lockwood Schools. This is always one of the busiest times of year for schools and this year is no exception; we hope you can join us for at least one event.

One of our community's biggest yearly events kicks off the month on December 6th. The Lockwood Family Fun Night starts at 6:00 in the K-5 cafeteria with a $3 meal. This gathering includes many free activities including performances by our Band and Choir students, games, face painting and door prizes. We have once again booked Santa Claus and every child will have the opportunity to have a photo taken with the jolly old elf at no cost. Finally, the Lockwood PTA will have their basket auction going on that evening as well. This is a great way to get some (tax deductible) Christmas shopping done while supporting a great organization that benefits all our students.

The following week, December 10th through 15th, we have our regular school board meeting on Tuesday evening. This week also kicks off our Music Program's Christmas Concerts starting with Middle School Choir on Thursday and Middle School Band on Friday. Both concerts start at 1:30 in Sturdevant Gymnasium. On Saturday, Santa returns to Lockwood courtesy of the Lockwood Fire Department, making stops all across our community from 8:00 am until 3:00 p.m.

Our Music Concerts continue the next week with 5th Grade Band and Choir on Monday the 17th at 1:30. The Second Grade Concert is Tuesday and First Grade Concert Wednesday; both of these events start at 1:00 and all three are in the Sturdevant Gym. School is dismissed at 1:15 on Friday the 21st to give students and staff an early start to their Christmas Break.

Christmas Break runs through New Year's Day with classes resuming on Wednesday January 2nd. Some key early dates to remember for January include: the regular Lockwood School Board meeting on the 8th, a Community Meeting and Update on the progress of Lockwood High School on the 15th, end of the first semester for Middle School students on the 16th, no school for students on Martin Luther King Day, and a School Board Work Session focusing on Policy on the 22nd.

Finally, the holidays are often portrayed as happy and joyous times when family and friends gather to celebrate the season. While this is true for many of us, too often we are reminded that many families struggle financially and/or emotionally during this time of year. At Lockwood Schools, we consider ourselves one big family; thus if you or someone you know is having a hard time this holiday season, please don't hesitate to reach out and notify someone: a teacher, counselor, the principal, or any other school employee. We will do all we can to make sure that their needs are met by either triggering a service that we can provide or connecting them with one of our many supportive community partners. It is one of our goals to make sure that every child in Lockwood has a Merry Christmas, please help us identify those who may need an extra boost during this special, but sometimes stressful, season.
As always, thank you for the opportunity to work with your children. Go Lions!