Family Kept Getting Complaints From The School About Child’s Absence

The Rossi family decided to take their kids out of school on a few occasions for family vacations. This in and of itself isn’t that unusual, as many families may choose to trade big expensive summer vacations for smaller, less-expensive ones during the school year. And like many families, these parents also worked, which meant getting large amounts of time off was difficult. So, they felt that as long as their kids prepared in advance to take time off, it wouldn’t interfere with their studies.

Unfortunately, when the Rossi Family returned from a recent vacation, they saw that the school had sent them a very stern letter. As you can imagine, this type of condescending message is enough to make any hard-working parent’s blood boil. It was cold, impersonal, and had a snobbish tone that rubbed the father the wrong way. The dad did not take too kindly to being threatened, especially from a school administrator, so he wrote a response to the principal’s letter that was one for the ages!

“Dear Madam Principal, While I appreciate your concern for our children’s education, I can promise you they learned as much in the five days we were in Boston as they would in an entire year in school. Our children had a once-in-a-lifetime experience, one that can’t be duplicated in a classroom or read in a book. In the 3 days of school they missed (which consisted of standardized testing that they could take any time) they learned about dedication, commitment, love, perseverance, overcoming adversity, civic pride, patriotism, American history culinary arts and physical education.

They watched their father overcome, injury, bad weather, the death of a loved one and many other obstacles to achieve an important personal goal. They also experienced first-hand the love and support of thousands of others cheering on people with a common goal. At the marathon, they watched blind runners, runners with prosthetic limbs and debilitating diseases and people running to raise money for great causes run in the most prestigious and historic marathon in the world.

They also paid tribute to the victims of a senseless act of terrorism and learned that no matter what evil may occur, terrorists cannot deter the American spirit. These are things they won’t ever truly learn in the classroom. In addition our children walked the Freedom Trail, visited the site of the Boston Tea Party, the Boston Massacre and the graves of several signers of the Declaration of Independence. These are things they WILL learn in school a year or more from now. So in actuality our children are ahead of the game.

They also visited an aquarium, sampled great cuisine and spent many hours of physical activity walking and swimming. We appreciate the efforts of the wonderful teachers and staff and cherish the education they are receiving at Rydal Elementary School. We truly love our school. But I wouldn’t hesitate to pull them out of school again for an experience like the one they had this past week.

Thank you for your time.

Sincerely, Michael Rossi Father”

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