Gratitude and joy for a New Year!

I have often talked about the predictable rhythms of schools and the feelings that coincide with these rhythms. For me, there is truly nothing like the first day of school, and the exciting lead up to that first day. Yes, this year is a very different first day of school, but I am still feeling the excitement, hope, and optimism that coincides with new beginnings. So, Happy New Year!


In our August parent meetings I mentioned how important it will be to maintain a sense of joy that typically exists so naturally on our campus. I also mentioned that I thought gratitude was a key component to this. Soon after these meetings I started reading the Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu’s book, The Book of Joy (brace yourselves for too many references to this book throughout the year). As I reflected on the past year and the upcoming year, this quote resonated:


“The central pillars of joy are our ability to reframe our situation more positively, our ability to experience gratitude, and our choice to be kind and generous.”


I hope we can all strive to keep this quote in front of us as we begin this year, and continue to try to put these pillars into action. Yes, last year was difficult, and I continue to be grateful to have been invited into this community so generously just over a year ago. The strength, resiliency, and grace of our community have been truly amazing over the past six months. Like many of you, I look forward to finding moments for us to safely come together in some way, and of course, I cannot wait until we are all on campus together again. 


To our new families: welcome to the FAIS community! We are so glad you are “here” and that you have chosen to be on this journey with us. This year may not be starting as expected, but we look forward to making it memorable and showing how our community extends beyond our campus.


Happy New Year to you all!!!