Dayley’s Update …
Col. Brant V. Dayley,
Hello, Team Bliss!
If you’re anything like me, you see summer as a magical time in El Paso. Sure, the mercury can crack through the top of the thermometer, but summer is also when the rain and clouds roll in, like they have this week. We don’t often get the precipitation we would like – it is a desert, after all – but even the low barometric pressure and the whiff of rain on the wind are spellbinding.
Summer is also a pleasure for the children because they don’t have to think of school beyond the over-the-summer projects they might have been assigned. The same, however, cannot be said for the parents. Only a month into summer and it becomes time to start thinking of the coming school year.
With the 2012 to 2013 school year beginning next month, we held a Facebook town hall on education in El Paso July 19. It was a great success with more than 25 representatives from El Paso, Socorro and Ysleta independent school districts on hand to respond to questions. We also had members of our School Liaison Office and Child, Youth and School Services available. I would like to thank heartily everyone who participated, both the experts we had on hand and the concerned parents. We got some tough questions from Team Bliss, which, I hope, our panel of experts could answer satisfactorily.
Even if you were there solely to ask questions concerning your own child’s education, your participation greatly helped all those other parents who were also part of the discussion. If you had the misfortune of missing the town hall, to the right you should see the transcript in its entirety. There is a lot of terrific information here, and I encourage you to browse through. If you have a question that needs answering that cannot be found here on education, please visit our school liaison services website at www.blissmwr.com/sts or call 569-5064 or 569-5065.
Otherwise, I highly encourage parents to visit the PK-12 Education Information Fair from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. today at the Centennial Banquet and Conference Center, hosted by Fort Bliss Child, Youth and School Services’ School Liaison Office. The fair will help parents learn about schools in the area and their various programs. We appreciate the sacrifices military parents make, and we want to help them find the best educational opportunities for their children. To learn more about the fair, call 569-5064.
One of the other reasons I love summer is that Fort Bliss knows how to keep its people and the community entertained. Not only have we been enjoying the Let Freedom Sing summer concert series at Freedom Crossing, but we had another great concert at Biggs Park this Saturday. Rock the Fort featured Australian headliner Sick Puppies, Street Drum Corps and Lost in Atlantis. There was also a fantastic car and bike show beforehand. This show entertained both the Fort Bliss and El Paso communities. It is my firm belief that this post and this town deserve the best for being the best.
Speaking of summer activities, we received this “kudos” from Christina Jenkins Strother:
“I have heard bad things about the swim lessons on post. My 3-year-old is enrolled in the SKIES swim lessons. She is very shy, and I wasn’t sure how she would do. The first day she would not get in at all. The instructor, Sharon, stayed after class and worked with her. She was able to get her into the water and make her feel comfortable. She has continued all week to make sure each and every child is OK. By the end of the week, my daughter jumped in and trusted Sharon enough to bring her back up. She is amazing. I can’t believe how far she’s come in one week with Sharon’s help.”
Best service – first choice!
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