Dear Nutley Staff, Parents and Community,
It seems hard to believe that 2017 is so quickly coming to a close. I am hopeful that you have been enjoying the warmth and traditions of Nutley this season as much as I have. I am continually struck by the overwhelming sense of good cheer and good will that spreads throughout the town, and makes Nutley the special place it is.
I’ve been fortunate to also spend much of the past few weeks in each of our schools, among other events, enjoying our students and staff at holiday concerts and performances. While the talent in Nutley is remarkable, so is the commitment to service by our students and staff. Money was raised to provide for those affected by the Hurricane in Puerto Rico, and to support wounded soldiers, and students sent holiday letters and notes of thanks to active service members. Nutley High School hosted a Toy Drive for the Newark Children’s Hospital; John H. Walker Middle School held its annual winter coat drive; and the students at our elementary level traveled to St. John’s in Newark to help feed the needy. It’s these small acts and so many others that help us all feel the spirit of the season. At a time when kindness is one of the most important qualities we can instill in our children, teaching them by our example, I could not be more proud of all that our schools and students have accomplished.
Our teachers, administrators and staff continue to look for innovative ways to inspire and educate all of our students. Our students continue to thrive, grow, and learn each day, excited by new opportunities. Our community partnerships enhance all of these efforts. For each of these things, I remain grateful.
We still have much work to do when we return to school on Wednesday, January 3, 2018. In the new year we will be continuing our practice of reaching out for feedback and input, and including the community, as we plan for the future goals of the district. We will schedule focus groups and community meetings as we begin the collaborative planning process to develop the district’s Strategic Plan for the next five years. We will also persevere, looking for creative ways to educate all our students within the space constraints we currently face.
Please accept my best wishes for a safe, happy and healthy holiday season. I will look forward to seeing you in the new year, and to a productive and exciting 2018.
Dr. Julie Glazer