"Oh no! Summer break is gone! I gotta go back to school!" Sound familiar? I hope not, but I suspect so. Since I know that your child does not read the principal's web log, I will have to depend on you to relay my message of good cheer:
Dear Dodgen Student,
Your teachers and I look forward to welcoming you on Monday morning. I suppose that some of you are sad, some are happy, and all are anxious. I have been at this as a teacher/administrator for 30 years (yes I am older than most of your parents), yet I always think of how I felt as a kid. Just know that regardless of how you feel, we are glad you are coming to Dodgen Middle School! We will have a great year!