THANKSGIVING IS THIS WEEK and there are
so many things to be thankful for here in Sunol. We have a very
special community, with lots of generous people who volunteer
their time, energy and money for children, education, the elderly
and the environment. Sunol is a nature lover's paradise and
a wonderful place for people of all ages and our many beloved
pets. We all agree - no matter what's going on in the rest of
the world, it's always a blessing to come home to Sunol.
SUNOL TEACHER OF THE YEAR: Certainly, having such a
great staff at Sunol Glen is one of the things for which we
are grateful. The individual from this group of talented and
dedicated colleagues to wear the mantle of Sunol's Teacher of
the Year for 2002 is Nancy Chiprich. Nancy has been at Sunol
Glen for seven years. She served as director of our school's
Extended Day Childcare program for two years before signing
on as a classroom teacher, initially for fourth grade and now
"Nancy has always been inquisitive, multi-talented, and
innovative," said Superintendent-Principal Diane Everett.
"She is exceptionally creativity, and keenly aware of the
individual needs of her students. Nancy is a great planner who
comes up with dynamic instructional strategies." Praising
Nancy's motivational and stimulating teaching style, Diane remarked,
"Once you step into her classroom, you, too, wish you were
a child again. She instills in students an appetite for the
joys of learning."
Diane is not alone in her admiration for Nancy Chiprich, who
is popular with staff, students, parents and the community.
"She gives without reservation, unselfishly, and has the
highest goals in mind," Diane concluded. "She has
my greatest admiration and respect." Hear, hear! Congratulations
to a dedicated and deserving educator.
GIRL SCOUTS WANT WARMIES: The Sunol Glen Girl Scouts
will once again be participating in "Operation One Warm
Coat," a council-wide project to provide warm clothing
for the needy. The girls have already started gathering used
sweaters, jackets and coats, and would very much appreciate
your donations of same. If you would like to contribute to this
important cause, please contact Helen Eberle at firstname.lastname@example.org.
STUDENT COUNCIL NEWS: Sunol Glen's Student Council is
sponsoring another of their wild and whimsical Wacky Wednesdays
on Dec. 4. The theme is Pajama Day, and students are reminded
to adhere to dress code rules - no tank tops or bottoms too
short to meet the code. The following week there will be a dance
on Friday the 13th with the appropriate theme of "Unlucky."
I guess that means there may be some ladders to avoid walking
under, and perhaps it's not the best night to take a big risk
on romance! Thanks to Council representative Jamie Thurman for
SUCH GOOD KIDS! There was an awards assembly at Sunol
Glen on Friday (11-22) to acknowledge our students' exceptional
performance during first quarter. There are too many names to
cite individually, but check out these stats: Honor Roll accolades
went to 11 fifth graders, 14 sixth graders, 14 seventh graders
and three eighth graders. Positive Citations were handed out
34 students and Champ Cards to 30. Cap all that off with 74
students achieving perfect attendance, and anyone would agree
that's a mighty impressive student scorecard. Way to go, kiddos!
JINGLE BELLS A'COMIN: Don't forget to join Santa at
the Sunol Grandmas' downtown holiday celebration on Sunday starting
at 5 p.m. Be sure to buy a prize drawing ticket for the eighth-grade
decorated Christmas tree from any eighth-grader or at the event.
They're going for a dollar apiece, six for $5, or 13 for $10.
(Last week I mistakenly stated that the proceeds would go towards
the class trip, when, in fact, the money will be used for graduation
activities.) So come for the caroling, tree lighting, train
ride and more and bring along a sweet treat to share.
Enjoy your Thanksgiving festivities and I suggest we all hide
our scales 'til January 2!