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Board of Education Regular Meeting, Monday, June 10th at 6:00 pm in the Media Center at E.F. Rittmueller.
The agenda will be posted on Friday, June 7th.

With Veterans Day and Thanksgiving on the calendar this month, November gently nudges to count our blessings.

In some cases, the sources of our blessings are individuals we know well and will be forever tucked away in our hearts.
In others – like on Veterans Day – we must pause and give thanks for the combined dedication and sacrifice of the men and women in our armed forces who protect the freedoms we enjoy.
Counting our blessings sparks memories
Every Veterans Day I’m reminded of my Great Uncle Charles Haight. (My grandmother’s brother in-law).

Uncle Chuck was a First Sergeant in the U.S. Army during WWII.

His character and courage impressed me – and I’m sure it inspired me to join the Army as an Infantryman (TOW Gunner). 

Like many in his generation, Uncle Chuck was a quiet difference maker.

He wasn’t alone, of course.

And I hope you’re taking a moment to remember your loved ones who were quiet difference makers, too.

Elementary students are learning freedom isn’t free

One of the ways our 4th graders learn this is by hosting an annual Veterans Day Assembly in the Bronner Performing Arts Center. 

All veterans in our community are invited.

Because this year’s assembly is tomorrow (Friday, Nov. 10) here are three photos from several years ago to give you an idea about how impactful this time of tribute and recognition is for all involved.

It’s a meaningful time for students, staff, and area veterans to be together.
There is singing, speeches, an informational slideshow, and a reception line afterward where the 4th graders have the privilege to thank our veterans for their service.
Our 8th grade students went to Washington DC

Mr. Zack Reimus is our 7th & 8th Grade Social Studies Teacher at EFR Middle School. He also serves as the Washington DC 8th Grade trip advisor.

Zack came to FSD in 2018 right after graduating from SVSU.

I’m grateful he stepped up and continued the annual 8th  grade trip to DC (except during the pandemic) – and I’m sure this year’s students and parent/staff chaperones would agree.

Zack guided an active five-day learning experience for the 75 students who went on the five-day trip in mid-October.

There was a common theme for our 8th graders in DC.

They went to a variety of places including the Holocaust Museum, the White House, the Lincoln Memorial, the Capitol, the Iwo Jima Memorial, and the Lincoln Memorial.

You might have noticed added a bit of their own flair at the Lincoln Memorial by wearing bright night-glo specs. (Fun!)

Upon returning, Zack reported our students’ behavior and friendly manner impressed tour guides, government staff, and the general public everywhere they went.
This made visiting more solemn places like Arlington National Cemetery especially meaningful and memorable.

Zack told about their visit to the Iwo Jima Memorial.
It was there our 8th graders spotted a tour group of “Honor Flight” veterans and spontaneously proceeded to whisper 1-2-3 and then shout out “thank you!” to the veterans and break into applause.
The leader of the Honor Flight group was so moved by this, he came over to our students and personally introduced himself and some other vets to them.

One of the veterans they met was a wheelchair bound, 95-year-old veteran named Jody Davis.
Having fought in three wars (WWII, Korea, & Vietnam), Jody was overjoyed to chat with our curious and respectful students.
As I wrote earlier, I’m grateful to Zack Reimus and all of the adult chaperones who helped him with the DC trip.
They created experiences for our 8th graders they’ll never forget, especially getting them up close and personal with some real American heroes –  true difference makers.
In closing, thank YOU for difference-making in your own way on behalf of FSD and our students and staff.
We have much to be grateful for here.

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