Middle School Posts

November 24, 2014

Being Thankful

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!  I hope you are getting to spend some time with your families this week.  I am looking forward to checking in with students upon our return to hear about their time off.  Whether they are traveling to exotic locales or simply relaxing at home with a good book (or two!), the time off and the time with family will surely be meaningful to them.

 Right before we set out for break, the 7th and 8th grade art class put up a wonderful installation: the Appreciation Tree.  Before putting it up, they had made a leaf or fruit shape for every student and faculty member in the Middle School.  We handed these out to students and teachers and talked about what kinds of words made for thoughtful appreciations.  Students and faculty then wrote the appreciation on the leaves and fruit and turned them back in.  The art class then created a lovely tree trunk and attached the leaves and fruit to the tree.  It’s not only a beautiful piece of art but also a wonderful expression of gratitude for one another.  I am excited for students and faculty to return next week and see the tree, and I know that they will take time to read the appreciations over the course of the year.

This week is, of course, an excellent time to think about gratitude and to remember how much we all have to be thankful for (sorry for the dangling preposition, but the alternative sounds quite awkward, and I’m reminded of a famous Winston Churchill quote: “This is something up with which I will not put!”).  As parents, we often focus on making sure our kids are happy (see my blog entry from early July on this topic:... » read more

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