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Tuesday, November 17, 2015

A Child's Gratitude

“I am thankful for…” In every elementary school across the nation, students will soon turn their attention to gratitude. Many children will list all that things in their young lives that they are thankful for: families, pets, homes, and toys. In our fast-paced world, the act of expressing gratitude can bring us a settling sense of calm. Ralph Waldo Emerson is credited with saying, “Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and to give thanks continuously. And because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude.” Children that learn to express gratitude are more likely to show compassion for others in their daily lives and are likely develop a sense of optimism. But how can we cultivate gratitude beyond these autumn days?

As parents, we can model thankfulness every day. In conversations and everyday interactions, your children will notice when you mention how thankful you are for the beautiful weather or the excellent service at the Post Office. When my daughter was young, we kept a journal of gratitude on the dinner table. Each evening, we all listed 3 things we were thankful for that day. That journal is precious reminder of our past, as I see how thankful we were for a successful tennis match, an A on a spelling test and a sunny day. A gift is a perfect time to cultivate gratitude with a thank-you note or drawing or a kind gesture in return. Acts of charity also bring us teachable moments about our own gratitude. As you donate clothing or toys to a good cause, be sure to involve your children in the process. We can all be truly thankful for warm clothes and nice toys when we consider others who are not as fortunate. The acts of giving and gratitude make a winning combination.

Take this Thanksgiving as an inspiration for a year of gratitude at your house. Our expressions of gratitude can extend well past the holiday!

J. Bullock

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Professional Development

Several of our teachers have been "on the go" recently, attending and presenting at the ISACS conference in Minneapolis, and also The Duke School for a workshop on project work. Our school's priority to provide professional development is a hallmark of our ongoing learning efforts as a faculty. Professional development experiences reinvigorate our teaching, spark innovation, and enhance our curriculum. Teachers request to attend trainings, conferences, etc. each spring for the following year. The Executive Leadership Management Team meets in June to review the requests, based on coordination with the goals of the school, and we decide which requests will be granted. When you see your child's teacher is gone for a day or two, please celebrate! Professional development is great for the entire school!