What a wonderful Family Field Day we had on Saturday! It is always one of the highlights of the year, and this year was no different. The weather was perfect, the cheer was plentiful. I want to especially thank the Gonzalez, Patterson and Piccinich families for hosting the event. They, along with our physical education department, development office, and maintenance staff, did an extraordinary job of coordinating the logistics of the day and incorporating some wonderful new aspects to the event.
As you know, we moved this this year’s event back about a month from previous years. We changed the date for several reasons: we thought that new families and students would know more people in the community and feel more comfortable, we thought more families would be able to volunteer since the planning could take place during the school year rather than in the late summer, and we thought that a mid-October date would be easier for families than a mid-September date since September is so busy with school-opening activities. We also discontinued the new parent picnic that had preceded Family Field Day for so many years, as we hosted a very successful new family dinner in September. Even with small changes like this one, we are always looking to improve the experience and to deepen the sense of community, and we are pleased that Saturday’s festivities were so successful.
Thank you again to the hundreds of parents, students, and friends who volunteered Saturday in order to make Family Field Day the best event possible. Hundreds of families and students got to enjoy all the activities and spend some time together. Every year, my favorite part of the event is listening to the sounds of children playing on the field and the playground hours after the event has officially concluded, and this year was no different. It was not until we began getting ready for dinner that the final revelers headed home. That is the mark of a successful event!