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Free Friday: January 3, 2014


Friday is here, and our luxurious three week break is drawing to a close. We hope you had a chance to relax, recharge, and play together. Who’s ready to jump back into the arena on Monday? You may be excited to get back into the SLOCA routine or groaning at the thought of leaving these carefree days behind (or a little of both), so here once again is the quote used in our first parent meeting of the school year, from Teddy Roosevelt about “the man in the arena” – we hope it will re-inspire you and help ease you back into school mode:

It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat. 

~Teddy Roosevelt

Excerpt from the speech “Citizenship In A Republic” delivered at the Sorbonne, in Paris, France on 23 April, 1910 

Enjoy a few more moments of down time this weekend, and set aside some “Free by Five” time away from phones, tablets and social media to be purposeful about connecting with loved ones. See you next Monday/Tuesday!

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