It's been a long, much needed break - a time to restore and re-energize. I hope you had the time to read, reflect, enjoy family and friends and unplug a bit. Like all great work, it can be stressful at times (like before Winter Break!) so time away is imperative to keep up energy and recommit to our shared mission. I look forward to the next few weeks and months ahead of us - we have great learning opportunities, plans to dig deeper into student work with our collaborative teams and a chance to make real differences for our students every day. 2017 is upon us and I don't know about you, but I'm glad I can say farewell to 2016. What a hard year it was! Here's to light, passion and joy in the year ahead.