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!
Halloween Candy Drive
Thank you for supporting our first annual Lower School Halloween Candy collection. We collected candy to fill 4 giant boxes, which were sent to Lighthouse of Oakland County for distribution.
Our Tower Garden is really growing quickly in the front foyer! Classes have been sampling various lettuce varieties and Cinnabon the Guinea Pig has been enjoying some freshly grown salad, too! The tomato and cucumber plants are growing and flowering; it will be interesting to see if they actually bear tomatoes and cucumbers without bees around to do the pollinating. Stay tuned!
What are these screens?
You have probably noticed our new monitors in the front foyer, Hamlet foyer and main office. These will soon be our main information center for Lower School happenings. We're working out the mechanics, but we will soon display events, photos and even videos for the entire school community.