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Dear Parents/Guardians,
   As everyone is already aware, I will be retiring as the Principal of Aston Elementary School, effective December 31, 2014.  My last day with the students will be on Tuesday, December 23, 2014 before the winter break.  I thank all of you that I have been in contact with over the last 9 plus years for your cooperation and assistance as we strived to make Aston Elementary School an environment where students can come to learn and feel safe.  It has always been important to me that we teach students how to learn and explore their environment, as to what they learn, because learning is a life-long endeavor. The how will carry you further in life than the what.
   I will miss all of you, but a new chapter will begin in my life.  I look forward to some of the new challenges that will confront me, some related to education, and some related to my hobbies.  I know that you will give the same support to the new principal, Ms. Susan Phillips, as she begins her journey with you at Aston Elementary School on Monday, January 5, 2015.  I wish the best to all of you and your children in the years to come.
                                                                                                                                                Gary W. Bender