Coming up with a slice today is a bit of a struggle, so I will go with what I have been thinking about today. I know it isn’t anything really exciting, so here goes……the warmer weather. And it comes to mind today as I have been greeting and dismissing students. I sense that parents and kids are in a happier mood when the weather is not as severe. I have the opportunity every day to see almost all students in the morning when parents drop them off for school. I also have the pleasure of speaking and sharing a warm smile with parents, other relatives, and even petting the family dog. For me, this is an important part of my job, and one that I look forward to each morning and afternoon. I enjoy chatting with my families. These occasions allow me to get to know the families on a one-to-one basis and celebrate with them birthdays, new births of siblings, or even wishing them well after an illness. I feel this connection is vital to the success of our school community. I do greet and dismiss in below zero weather, but anyone who knows me could tell you, warm…even hot…weather is definitely more my style.