Opinion: Thank You Notes

Sandy Asper dreams about the kind of thank you notes teachers, students, parents, custodians, trustees and administrators might write.

Jimmy  Fallon may be one of the funniest men on the planet. He does a bit every Friday he calls "Thank You Notes," and  then with his signature flourish, reads thank you notes that are both hilarious and sometimes very close to what everyone thinks when they are just sitting  around staring into space with absolutely nothing in the world to do.

So during one of those staring periods I started to imagine what kind of thank you notes teachers, students, parents, custodians, trustees, and the occasional  administrator might write and have replicated them in this column.

Try to read  his while trying to imagine his flourish.

So with huge apologies to Jimmy Fallon, here goes:

  • Thank you Newport Mesa for giving us those scintillating three hour meetings the day before school starts.
  • Thank you weather for always making it ridiculously hot the first few weeks of school.
  • Thank you Newport Mesa for only having air conditioning in a very few schools and not in mine. It's so easy to teach students who are basically panting with their  heads on their desks.
  • Thank you parent for calling me 17 times a day.
  • Thank you principal for always acting like the sky is falling when you discuss tests. It's not my fault!
  • Thank you trustees for only giving the president of the union the same three minutes to speak that everyone gets when she represents 12,000 teachers. Picture her as all of them in the room.
  • Thank you trustees for looking up from your computers occasionally.
  • Thank you student in the back left desk for writing on your desk with a really sharp  pen, and know that we will ALWAYS remember your name.
  • Thank you principal for loving the "all call" way too much. I fully expect you will be  singing next.
  • Thank you parent for speaking at every board meeting about the SAME  thing.
  • Thank you parent for calling me every day this week.
  • Thank you trustees for telling long purposeless personal stories at every board  meeting.
  • Thank you teacher for always asking me questions. Either I am really smart or really  dumb, I don't know which. Look away!
  • Thank you teacher for always holding Anne's hand and never mine. You can hold a boy's  hand once in awhile, you know.
  • Thank you teacher for always thinking that John's work is so great. I know John and  he's not that great.
  • Thank you assistant superintendent for your extremely loud and preposterously cheerful  voice.
  • Thank you students for throwing everything all over the grounds EVERY  DAY.
  • Thank you teachers for always looking so alert at the meetings that I  call.
  • Thank you Language Arts teachers for having enormous classes and being such good  sports about all that correcting essay business.
  • Thank you administrators and directors for not letting us know what in the world you do.
  • Thank you camera for never getting my good side at board meetings.
  • Thank  you community for not showing up at board meetings. What's up with that anyway?

Just  Sayin

Kelly Sawyer "Animal Defender" November 03, 2012 at 08:50 PM
Thank you for bringing awareness of perspective many of us do not consider.... sometimes things must just simply be said..LOL... I would like to someday write a "thank you" for the opportunity to provide humane education and awareness to our youth in Newport... It is constant stress to see our community victimized by the puppy mill industry as is I who end up with the files of dead animals from parents, who unknowingly purchased under fraud a sickly puppy mill puppy or kitten that wreaked havoc on their pocket books and traumatize their children . It happens far more often than the community is aware or would care to acknowledge and with simple education on how to seek a responsible breeder or the many other options available than a puppy mill pet store, it is highly preventable - AVMA states "ANIMAL WELFARE IS A HUMAN RESPONSIBILITY" yet no one is offering the tools necessary and destructive victimization of persons and animals is 100% preventable...On average I have 3 -5 parents ask me to explain to their children why it is not humane to buy the puppy in the window during only two hour intervals of spreading awareness at fashion island..Community yearns for it and there are experienced Newport Animal Advocates willing to educate our canine loving community aiding in a safer and happier place for both parents and children... THANK YOU-- Jimmy Falon is hilarious, I concur!..... Kelly -Companion Animal Advocate


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