Dear Willamette families,
I hope this message finds you well and enjoying this break with friends and family. This past Tuesday I had an opportunity to sit and talk for a bit with Phil Bransom, who with his wife Cheryl, donated Douglasaurus to our school ten years ago in honor of their son Douglas. Phil had come by the school to look at a collection of letters and notes our students had written earlier this year when we collectively celebrated the 10th anniversary of this wonderful gift. After he had read through the collection of student work, Phil once again expressed the tremendous gratitude his family felt for the Willamette community.
Our conversation caused me to once again reflect on all that I have to be grateful for. I am grateful to work alongside such a talented staff of educators, whose commitment and thoughtfulness is evident each and every day. I am grateful for our wonderful students, whose curiosity and joy for learning are an inspiration to all of us. I am grateful for our generous school community, who exemplify a willingness to do whatever it takes to support the success of our school. Whether it is our staff, our students, or our families, we have a generosity of care and spirit within our community that is remarkable. I am grateful to have the opportunity to lead and take part in this school community.
As we look towards our return in January, I hope you are able to take a moment to discuss what gratitude means with your children. Recent studies have shown that gratitude can strengthen positive relationships, build resilience, and improve health. Modeling and sharing the many ways we show gratitude can have a valuable and positive impact with our students, supporting them to reflect on what they have to be grateful for as well. Whether it is a kindness done by a friend or teacher, reflecting on and sharing our gratitude is one of the many ways we continue to nurture our caring community at Willamette.
I hope this break is joyful and filled with warmth. I look forward to seeing everyone when we come back together in January!