Happy Thanksgiving!

“At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us.” — Albert Schweitzer

Over the last few days, I’ve been thinking of what to write for this year’s Thanksgiving edition. This year has been busier than usual. Our district is going through a number of changes as we align ourselves toward the Common Core and implement new practices to support student growth. In spite of the increased workload, our teachers, secretaries, and IA’s continue to perform their duties at the highest levels both professionally and in their care of our students. While we have come to expect this as the norm at McAuliffe, I have never seen a more dedicated, devoted, group of people. Clearly this is reason for us to be grateful that, during times of great change, our students continue to thrive and grow while participating in wonderful learning experiences. It is no wonder that we have such an amazing community!

Here are just a few recent examples of things happening at McAuliffe that we can be grateful for:

  • Art activities that require complex thinking and decision-making…and pastels… and exploring the natural world around us!
  • Hands on, engaging mathematics that build a strong foundation in conceptual understanding and procedural skills that our students will build upon throughout their lifetime.
  • The changing leaves, from deep green to fiery reds and vibrant yellows and oranges, and an opportunity for students (and adults) to play in them!
  • Trips to learn first hand about marine biology, geology, botany, theater, and the incredible beauty that surrounds us in Northern California.
  • Creative thinkers keep us fresh and on our toes which is so positive for everyone engaged in teaching and learning.
  • Jokes…in today’s fast-paced world, it’s so affirming to laugh and have fun together.
  • Whole school gatherings where singing is commonplace and sharing is natural and common.
  • A warm community of caring and thoughtful adults and children working together to build meaning and understanding of the world around us.

Ultimately, I want to wish you and your family a wonderful time of celebration and reflection. I hope that you continue to explore the world around you and I offer you two challenges: Take your children outside and encourage them to do things you did as a child…and do them together. In thinking about Albert Schweitzer’s words, I also encourage you to consider who was responsible for lighting the flame within you and sharing your gratitude with them.

Have a great vacation! We look forward to seeing you in December.
-Rick-

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