Goodbye Mr. DeMaio

Goodbye Mr. DeMaio
Photo: Mr. DeMaio, left in the picture, standing in front of a banner students and staff have been signing all week, as they say goodbye.

In his final week, Principal Thomas DeMaio has received an outpouring of good wishes and tributes, as students and staff say farewell.

Monday, Mr. DeMaio walked into a fully decorated office, complete with "Happy Retirement" wishes.  A banner was posted in the hallway, where students and staff could write a farewell message and sign their name (pictured below).  To end his day, at his final faculty meeting, the Bro Squad surprised him with an unannounced performance. 

Photo: Mr. DeMaio, standing in front of a banner in the hallway of PV, for students and staff to sign as we say farewell. 
Mr. DeMaio, standing in front of a banner in the hallway of PV, for students and staff to sign as we say farewell.  Photo Credit: Paul Zeller

Tuesday, various people brought in send-off gifts.  Keeping in the spirit of the gifts he received over the years, people brought in things that were meaningful to Mr. DeMaio, as well as "gag" gifts to make him smile.

Wednesday, the choir came and performed for him at 9:00am.  During lunch and Pascack Period, the staff brought in cake to be shared with Mr. DeMaio.  

Thursday, the staff all chipped in and brought in breakfast to share with him before school and during periods they did not have to teach.

Friday, well that is still a surprise (this is being posted Thursday), but rest assured, the school will send him off with the dignity and respect he deserves.

A special thank you to the Main Office Staff, Ms. Hinrichsen, Mr. Puccio, Ms. Pollinger, and to everyone who played a role in planning, contributing, and partaking in the festivities as we say goodbye to Mr. DeMaio.  We wish him nothing but health and happiness in retirement!

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