Nov. 21, 2017
Posted by Kathy Ludwig on 11/28/2017 8:15:00 AM
This time of year prompts us to pause, gather with our family and friends, open our hearts and homes, and give thanks. To nurture gratitude for the tangible and intangible aspects in our lives actually has research-based benefits! Recent studies link a fostering of gratitude to increased physical health, positive mental outlook and greater resilience.
I can easily count my blessings: I am grateful for the opportunity each day to work alongside a highly talented group of professionals where everyone commits to doing what is best for children, every day. They bring thoughtfulness and deep care to their work, collaborating with others and stretching their own skillset to grow in new and exciting ways. I’ve seen countless examples of teachers and staff, “leading together”, stepping into roles of leadership or initiating new ideas that move our mission forward. They inspire me to be a better educator, a better leader and a better person.
I am grateful to our parents and patrons for the many ways you volunteer, contribute and support the success of our students, staff and school communities. You help nurture a culture of warmth, inclusivity, and kindness in our schools. I am grateful for our energetic PTAs, booster clubs, MAP volunteers and Education Foundation board members; for volunteers who give their time and spirit to expand the educational opportunities for all children in our district. I am grateful for our School Board members who lead with integrity, generosity of time, and a spirit of optimism and belief in our students and staff.
I wish all of you a joy-filled Thanksgiving holiday with family, friends and neighbors. Embrace the sights, sounds, traditions, foods, and moments with those you love.