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Reflection and Gratitude

Reflection and Gratitude

This time of year serves as an opportunity for reflection and gratitude. We have had an amazing first trimester of school and it’s hard to believe that we are one-third of the way through the school year. Time seems to pass faster and faster every year. Our students and staff have expressed gratitude for being able to learn in person and just to be together with their friends in school.

I am grateful for the incredible gift that students bring to our classrooms, schools and our district. Last week, our district student ambassadors came together for a morning of reflecting on what they would like their daily experience to be in our schools. This included reviewing statements about the physical environment, about learning being fun and engaging, and about our classroom and schools being inclusive.

In that conversation, one of our elementary students shared that inclusion meant “using your voice to help others in the world.” That was a profound way to look at the word inclusion and the use of our voice in helping others. Using our voice can mean through words, but also through our actions. Each year I am amazed by what our students have to share.

As we enter the holiday season, I ask that each of you think of one way that you can express gratitude…a note, a smile, a hug, holding the door open, patience, donating to those in need or other random acts of kindness. What is one thing that you individually or your family can commit to?   

I am grateful for our strong school community and the way we work to support each other every day. Enjoy the holiday season with your family, friends and loved ones.


Julie Nielsen