Dear Center Families,

Happy 2021! As we kick off the new year, I wanted to first say thanks to all of you who responded to our recent parent survey that went out via Survey Monkey in early December. On average, the 30-question survey took 3 minutes to complete. More than 70% of you took the time to give us feedback on how we are doing from a Program, Staff, Communication, and Management & Grounds standpoint.

Dear Center Families,
Looking back on other December newsletters I have done - the focus has been around either:
- Staying healthy (because of the “yucky” part of the holidays that includes colds and the flu -- which then leads me to share our Center illness and exclusion policy), or
- Believing in the magic of the season (where I share information about our Polar Express reading tradition -- with the ringing bell being a wonderful symbol of the spirit of Christmas).

Dear Center Families,
November is appropriately now recognized as “National Gratitude Month.” It was submitted as such by Stacey Grewal and proclaimed by the Registrar at National Day Calendar in August 2015.

Dear Center Families,

During the 2017-2018 season the CDC estimated that influenza killed about 80,000 people. It was the highest death toll in 40 years. To put this into perspective, Gillette Stadium’s capacity is 66,820. The following year, the CDC pushed and encouraged people to get the flu vaccination and while the CDC documented “only” 34,200 deaths from influenza during the 2018-2019 influenza season, it was considered one of the longest in 10 years, and there were more than 490,600 hospitalizations. Flu season statistics are still being finalized for 2019-2020.

Dear Center Families,
As we kick off the new school year, I thought I would reintroduce our teacher teams in this first newsletter since we have so many changes:

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