Dear Families,

In 1863, in the midst of a bitter Civil War that divided families and a nation, Abraham Lincoln declared a national day of Thanksgiving. Lincoln was prompted, at least in part, by Sarah Josepha Hale, a prominent writer and editor, who had advocated for a national Thanksgiving holiday for 36 years! 

In that story are messages worth passing along to our children. First, persistence eventually pays off! How happy Sarah Hale must have been to see 36 years of effort come to fruition. Second, in the midst of even the most difficult times, the practice of gratitude can lift our hearts, refocus our efforts, and rekindle our energy. Perhaps a wise Lincoln knew that encouraging a sense of gratitude would help a nation that was so broken at that time. 

My youngest daughter is six, and when I asked her what Thanksgiving was about, she said, “Eating pumpkin pie (she’s not much of a turkey eater), and giving thanks for all the people who love me, and for our pets, and my toys.”  She may have a different perspective on gratitude than Abraham Lincoln did, but she knows how to count her blessings, for sure! It’s wonderful to take time to remember all that’s good in our lives. 

On behalf of our entire administrative team, I would like to wish you all a happy and peaceful Thanksgiving.  Please know how grateful we are that you have entrusted us with your most precious gifts, your children.  Watching them wonder, discover, and learn is a treasured privilege!

With thanks,

Dr. Jennifer Gallagher
Interim Superintendent