Yesterday, my husband and I flew in from Sioux Falls, South Dakota, to Washington, D.C., for the NDP program. Our flight left at 5:00 a.m. Did you even know that flights left at that time of the morning?  We arrived at the Capital Hilton and knew that this was going to be an event to be remembered. 
The big sign hanging in the lobby was there to greet all NDPs. It made me feel very welcome. I am wondering what we all can do in our schools to make children feel welcome every day of the school year.  Wouldn’t it be cool if all of our children’s families also felt as welcome as my husband and I did yesterday when we walked into the hotel? We have thought about many ways to make families welcome at Cleveland Elementary, where I am principal, but I think everyone should have the opportunity to feel as welcome as we have since we have been here in Washington, D.C. With something to think about, this is Jackie McNamara, make it a great day, or not, the choice is yours!
Jackie McNamara, 2009 NDP