The Thankful Jar

Each night at dinner, my family and I share one thing that we feel thankful for and place a stone in our “Thankful Jar.” It’s a tradition that we started because of robust research around the benefits of gratitude. As I described last November, it turns out that thankfulness is really good for you.

This year, as we approach Thanksgiving, I want to share a portion of the gratitude I feel about working at Trinity Valley School — my own digital thankful jar.

I am grateful for parent volunteers in their many forms: from helping with the play to serving as room parents to planning special events. We would be a shadow of the school we are without your selfless dedication.

I am grateful for families who do their best to get their students to school each day, prepped and ready to tackle the morning. I know that this isn’t as simple as it sounds and that some days are easier than others!

I am grateful for the feedback parents provide us about where we are shining and where we could add a little more polish. Thank you for talking with us, for sharing with us, and for being “in it” with us. We are all better when we keep these lines of communication open.

I am grateful to our students – for their smiles, their tenacity, their willingness to take risks, their care for one another, their curiosity and creativity, their respect for their teachers, and their commitment to “leave a place better than they found it.”

I am grateful for moments when classes are loud and messy as students build, design, and negotiate with classmates. I am grateful for moments when classes are calm and orderly as students listen thoughtfully to teachers and their classmates and focus on independent work.

I am grateful for our weekly assemblies, where we learn from each other and celebrate our community. The camaraderie, joy, and respect shown at these gatherings inspires me to do my job a little bit better.

I am grateful for our student athletes and performers, who remember that how they conduct themselves on the field and on the stage is training ground for how they conduct their lives.

I am grateful that these amazing students have a village of teachers who work tirelessly to bring out the best in them. They get up every day wondering what they can do that day to make a difference in the life of a child. They are my heroes.

I am grateful for the opportunity to serve you and your family. It is always an honor and a privilege.

So as we prepare for Thanksgiving vacation, I am sending you my gratitude and warm wishes. As Albert Schweitzer reminds us, “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.”

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