Across our country, the first full week of May is set aside for Teacher/Staff Appreciation Week. One week to thank all of you for what you do for our kids, our community and our future. It’s really not enough. I know how much energy and emotion you put into your work. I know how much you care for your District and for the children you work with. I know that day in and day out you pour your heart and soul into making a difference. Five short days of thanks isn’t enough, but please know that as I write these words, they are heartfelt and sincere: Thank you so much for all you do! I hope you are thanked by many others this week and for the other 51 weeks of the year as well.

I also want to thank the current members of the GFPS Board of Trustees. The only agenda of our current Trustees has been to support GFPS in our continuous improvement efforts. I am thankful for that commitment every single day. Tomorrow is Trustee Election Day. If you haven’t taken the time to vote, please do. Your vote is really one way to show appreciation to the citizens who want to serve their community in this way.

I also want to take a moment to recognize all the moms out there as this upcoming Sunday is Mothers’ Day. As they say, “There is no way to be a perfect mother, but a million ways to be a good one.” The moms I know come in all shapes and sizes, all kinds of temperaments and with all kinds of attitudes towards their children. In almost all cases, however, there is no doubt about that special love between a mom and child. Please know that I wish all the mom staff members a day filled with that special love.

I fondly call this last month of the school year “May-hem” as it is the busiest month of the year. It’s the best kind of busy because it is full of festivities. Each day brings special reasons to celebrate. Here’s to another wonderful Monday and another wonderful week in Great Falls Public Schools.

Take care. Stay safe. Be well.