In a way, all in our community are dignitaries. Each student is important. Each staff member is important. Each parent is important. Each community member is important. Each of us has the capability to improve our school and community.
Other dignitaries may be easier to identify, given how often they make the news. On Thursday, for example, the second graders in Stephanie Ferland's class (along with several fifth graders) had a twenty-five minute question-and-answer session with Senator Patrick Leahy via Skype. He was between votes in Washington, and he wanted to check in with the students to answer any questions they had.
Coming on Monday afternoon is Dr. Philipp Ackermann, Deputy German Ambassador to the US. All are welcome to hear him speak on the Green (or in the Multi if it's raining), and to ask him questions. Many of these dignitaries have wide decision-making power: here's our opportunity to listen and to influence.
When he arrives, we'll give him a tour of the school, and then set up up for this talk. We're planning to have an honor guard (on unicycles) and a violin solo, but I'd also like to have as many students as are able and interested sing "Bells of Norwich" to him.
Bill Hammond, Principal