and remember special ties that bind ….as well as learn more about those that you love and care for in your life? How do you do this? Sit down with a few questions in a quiet comfy spot, have your recording tool in hand and get ready to do something very special…. listen and record. Listen with your heart, soul and eyes and you will create the most treasured gift this holiday season.
To find out more about how to do this, and a project that has taken this on in a big way, visit Story Corp — an NPR program that is celebrating it’s 10 year anniversary. Thousands of people have sought out the Story Corp booth as it travels around the country to record their stories for a special archive of story telling that has become the largest recorded oral history ever. If you have not listened to STORY CORP on NPR, make a point to do so. I can promise you that you feel touched by these stories told by people like you and I — sharing personal stories of thanks with sincerity and humility and compassion. Some of my favorite stories include children talking with and listening to their elders. There is something magical about the little voices asking simple questions and the compassionate older voices sharing their stories so tenderly with their young interviewer.
This Friday is the National Day of Listening. It is a special opportunity for you to sit down with someone that you care about and interview them. The recording will become part of the Story Corp archive. If you’re not ready to make this archival worthy….but you have always wanted to capture those special stories of your grandparents, aunts, uncles — or those you’ve been touched by, simply record it with your phone or other tech tool. I can assure you, this oral history will be treasured always.
On this Thanksgiving, make a special point to listen and give thanks for those around you and the special ways they have made you who your are now and in the future. I am eternally grateful for those who have taught me to take the time to listen intensely and with my whole heart to those in my life. Remember, listening is an act of love.
Wishing you all the best on this special holiday weekend.
During this holiday, take time to enjoy your family and be thankful for the simple things in life. Each day, it is the simple things that bring me great joy.
A child’s smile…hug…helping hand.
A teacher’s encouraging voice…smile of celebration…warm heart of acceptance.
Today, as I was walking down the hall, these three Thanksgiving pilgrims brought an immediate smile to my face…and I was once again reminded how lucky I am to teach and learn and lead at Georgetown every day.
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday with your family.
And…results from our turkey survey below are as follows:
During the week ahead, many of us will be spending time with family and friends expressing thanks for food, health, relationships and much more. This is a holiday rich with individual family traditions as well as many community traditions that have their roots in history of the first harvest celebrated by the Pilgrims in 1621.
All of us at Georgetown would like you to know how thankful we are for your support throughout the school year. Throughout the year, staff repeatedly express their gratitude for:
A volunteer group of parents who serve as the governing PTC board to help manage donations to drive family events, support students in need, purchase essential learning tools for classrooms and the library and MUCH MORE.
Support staff (recess supervisors, crossing guard, lunch supervisors and kitchen staff, classroom assistants) who make sure our children are safe, feed and can receive enhanced support for learning each day.
Parents who volunteer daily in classrooms to assist with reading, writing, math and special projects.
All parents who make sure that your children come to school ready to learn, assist with homework and projects after school and so much more.
Thank you for working with us to raise your child educationally and socially.
Wishing everyone a restful and happy Thanksgiving holiday!
In preparation for the Thanksgiving Holiday, we will have just two days of school this week.
When we return the following week, the PTC Holiday Gift Shop will be open and we will rehearsing/preparing for our all school holiday musical performance on Thursday, December 1 at Fair Haven Ministries.
As we have mentioned in early blog posts, the performance will be divided into two performances: PK-2 from 6-6:30 and Grade 3-5 from 7:15-7:45 pm. Details about the arrival time for each group will go home next week via email, the blogs and paper copies. We want to make sure we reach parents with all communication tools to inform you about this event.
This past week, the pre-kindergarten and kindergarten classrooms held a celebration of Thanksgiving to share gifts, songs and friendship with one another. The children looked precious in their traditional pilgrim, turkey and feathered hats.
As I watched them exchanged died macaroni necklaces, I was so thankful I found a moment to peak in on their feast and see the joy in their faces. This smile on Kaylah’s face (along with her fabulous turkey hat) will be something I remember always!
I have said this many times…and you’ll hear me say this again at the holiday program: Thank you for trusting your children to us each school day. It is an honor to learn about them–their learning interests, needs and who each one is as a unique, gifted person.
Wishing you safe travels and memorable times during the Thanksgiving break.
Visit the TURKEY FACTS site to brush up on your turkey knowledge. My favorite fact: Wild turkey’s sleep in trees at night.
And, speaking of turkeys, take the poll below to let us know if you eat turkey for Thanksgiving dinner or not. I know one family that eats a traditional dinner of roasted duck and another of homemade pasta and sauce. This poll doesn’t permit everyone to tell what they eat..but gives us an idea of who eats turkey ….or something else!
Have a wonderful holiday with family and friends…be well!
I received a very special invitation to take part in our PK and K Thanksgiving Feast this week. The classes came together to share all that they had learned about the holiday and to share traditional gifts, songs, stories and treats with one another. It was a wonderful time of fun! And, if you ask my opinion, there is nothing cuter in the world than a PK or K student in a construction paper pilgrim or Native American hat! Enjoy this video and have a wonderful Thanksgiving.
We have a very short week with school on Monday and Tuesday. The remainder of the week is devoted to the Thanksgiving holiday.
For those who follow our blog outside the United States, visit this excellent History.com post about the history of Thanksgiving. And, for those of you who have not had a refresher course on this holiday, you might find yourself learning some new facts to share around the Thanksgiving table later this week. For those who think they know everything, test your turkey knowledge with this quiz.
If you find your family members are bored and in need of something to do, show them our blogs. I added a new feature (the revolving globe to the right) that shows your location on the map as well as visitors from around the world.
And, to really spice up the family gathering, take your family on the BLOG SCAVENGER HUNT. This month we are sharing silly stories about silly things we have done in our lives. Everyone is a winner in this contest. Students will be entered in the Reading Counts drawing just for participating. Other prizes will be offered too.
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving with your family and friends. Drive safely, eat well and savor the special moments.