“We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures.” – Thornton Wilder

This time of year hopefully provides us with a moment to pause, and give thanks and express gratitude. It can be difficult to slow down enough during our busy lives to do this with sincerity—it can be hard to be present enough to think about, and express, gratitude. I like to use our break next week as a time to reflect on all the things for which to be thankful.

I wake up each morning in a warm home, feed my dog (Jazzy), and I know there is a warm pot of coffee waiting for me. I open my very full refrigerator and think about what I should make for lunch that afternoon. I have warm water to get ready for the day, and I know as I head to FAIS I have supportive and loving family and friends whom also love and support me. I know I will spend my day among colleagues, children, and parents that comprise this warm and kind community, and that we will spend our day working to make our school the best we possibly can for our students.

I am thankful for friends, family, health, peace, French American International School, our joyous children, and all of you. I encourage us to pause and take the time to be thankful for all that we have. I am certainly thankful to be here, in this wonderful community, for the past five months. I wish all of you and your families a wonderful Thanksgiving Break.