Thank you, thank you.
Road Kings of Burbank
Adults could use some peace-building, as well
I am writing in response to the June 9 letter, "Farewell
celebration sends wrong message," in which Saba Mokhtari questions
the appropriateness of holding a goodbye tea on school grounds for
Irene Stambolos, who has resigned as principal of Roosevelt
I must take exception to Ms. Mokhtari's implication that the
majority of the Roosevelt school community dislikes Ms. Stambolos. A
goodbye tea is merely an opportunity for those who wish to attend to
show appreciation to Ms. Stambolos for her hard work and dedication
to our students. As the editor noted, Ms. Stambolos resigned from
her position; she was not fired by the school district, and as such,
Ms. Mokhtari's position that holding a goodbye tea on school grounds
is inappropriate is based on incorrect information.
Ms. Mokhtari may choose to not attend the tea; however, to
suggest that those who wish to thank Ms. Stambolos may not do so on
school grounds is absurd.
If we are to send any message to our children on this issue, let
it be one of tolerance. Our children have learned to be peace
builders. May I suggest that the adults involved behave in a similar
What we're teaching our children: grace, manners
I am so upset by all these letters about the Roosevelt principal.
I was a teacher in the LAUSD for 38 years. I have been an educational
therapist for 25 years in Burbank, and have worked with students from
several schools in Burbank, including Roosevelt. I have always felt
that Roosevelt is an excellent school and is run better than many
I was astounded by the negative comments by a few members of
Roosevelt's community. This latest angry letter by Ms. Mokhtari has
prompted me to do something I have never done in my 65 years -- write
a letter to a newspaper!
Just to let Ms. Mokhtari know, farewell luncheons are typical and
have been held at school sites since I first started teaching. This
gives the parents and students an opportunity to say goodbye. If
these events were held off-campus, how could students attend?
"What kind of message is the school sending to our children?" she