Providence Hall Junior High
When Thank You Means Everything
I hope you were able to get some rest and have some time to jump in and admire the last remaining leaves of the season. As many of you know, we are just a few short days away from our first annual PHJH Veterans Day assembly!
As I have been thinking about how to best organize and initiate this tradition, I kept coming back to the power of saying thank you and taking the time to teach our Patriots how to pause and show gratitude for the men and women that willingly volunteer to serve our country.
In the video above, the simple act of a third-grade student writing a letter to a WWII Vet became a small token of love that stayed with a 94-year-old vet for over 12 years. To put it in perspective, 12 years (roughly 4,272 days) is equal to the number of days it takes a student to start and complete elementary school, as well as a full year of middle school. It is a significant amount of time to keep track of and protect a crayon-crafted thank you letter from a stranger this Vet had never met.
I am often in awe of how written words, much like a grandma's handmade quilt, can wrap their arms around us as a constant source of comfort to warm us for a moment, or if we are lucky, even an entire lifetime. I thought that if one letter from a third-grade student could impact one man's life so greatly, then a whole school of letters could quite possibly be a lifelong bearhug to all of our community of PHJH Veterans.
The freedoms that this country allows us are far more than I can account for in one newsletter, but suffice it to say that I am immensely grateful for the opportunities that allow for us to get an education, make a living, feel safe in our home, and have a voice to be able to vote for leaders and laws that govern our country. Without our military Veterans being willing to fight for our freedoms, we would all have a very different life than the one that is our everyday reality.
Patriots, as we prepare and practice for this assembly, I urge you to remember how lucky we are to have the opportunity to honor and thank these Veterans that have given up so much for us. Who knows, maybe this assembly or one of our thank you letters will be just what a Veteran's heart needs. Be kind, be respectful, and be the best version of the Patriots that we know you are.
Can't wait to see you all tomorrow Patriots!
As always... Remember you are loved!
November 11th Please Come In BEST Dress
On Thursday, November 11th, PLEASE plan on coming to school in your best dress. We are requesting that ALL students and staff members come in their best dress.
Button up shirts, dresses, skirts, dress pants, ties, blouses...Whatever you have that looks on point, please plan on wearing it. We want to show an overwhelming amount of respect as we honor and welcome our Veteran guests.
We Want To Honor You
We want to make sure we have gifts and recognize all of our PHJH Veterans that are in attendance. If you have a Vet that is planning on attending, please scan the QR code and complete the form by Wednesday, November 10th.
Scan Here to Sign Up For The Assembly
No Fuss Fundraiser Dress Down Week 11/15/21-11/19/21
Mrs. Wade's Class Went To Capitol Theatere
Mrs. Wade's Dance Classes Visit the Capitol Theatre!
Just before Halloween, Mrs. Wade's Dance Classes had the opportunity to attend Act III of Ballet West's Dracula. It was amazing to be able to travel downtown and visit such a beautiful venue. Before the performance, we were treated to a "behind the scenes" look at how they make ballerinas "fly" across the stage during the performance that included a little about the physics and math behind the maneuvers. The costumes, set pieces, and performances were breathtaking. Thanks, Mrs. Wade for taking our Patriots on such an amazing adventure!
Sleep On The Roof Thank You
It was a cold night, but there isn't anything we wouldn't do for our PHJH Patriots.
Thank you for making the No Fuss Fundraiser such a huge success!