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Principal's Message from Kevin Dorken
November 30, 2018

We are excited to present our 2018 Lyon Winter Program (“Something Beautiful – See it. Chase it.”) on Thursday, December 20th at 10:00 am and 1:30 pm. In advance of the show, there is some information that we wanted everyone to be aware of, both from a student learning perspective as well as some important logistical details. For veteran Lyon parents, some of this will hopefully sound familiar, and your spreading the word about our intentions each year is much appreciated! For parents new to Lyon, we hope this information is helpful. Our program takes many months to come to fruition. Our Fine Arts team begins collaboratively planning for this program well in advance so that each year the final product represents a culminating event reflecting curriculum objectives and student learning in the areas of Drama, Music, Physical Education (Dance) and Visual Art. In other words, learning in these curricular areas does not take a pause to “get ready” for the Winter Program. 

While it is typical for our Winter Program to carry messages and themes consistent with the spirit of the various holidays at this time of year, it is not a typical holiday-themed show. We wouldn’t want anyone’s enjoyment of this wonderful event to be lessened at all by mismatched expectations (e.g., “Where’s Frosty the Snowman?”). Having said that, there is always plenty that will bring a smile to your face and warmth to your heart.

Anyone who has attended our shows in previous years knows firsthand how crowded our gym gets on this day. Capacity and safety issues are always serious considerations, and that is why we issue 2 tickets per family (individually numbered) to our program. The tickets can be used at either the morning or the afternoon performance, and everyone attending the show must have a ticket (regardless of age). Depending upon the percentage of tickets used, we still may not have a chair for every audience member. While we realize this is not the ideal scenario, please know that we do not make this decision lightly. We have found that this approach successfully and equitably addresses our space challenge, and we greatly appreciate your cooperation and understanding. Tickets and a letter with more details will be received through the mail. 

Enjoy the month ahead, in whichever ways you celebrate, especially time with loved ones. We look forward to seeing you at Lyon soon!