Happy almost-Thanksgiving! I want to send out a heartfelt "Thank you!" to all the Westerly community members - teachers, students, parents, and grand-parents - who made last Friday so overwhelmingly special and powerful. Every classroom and learning space I walked into was filled with gratitude, food, and lots of love and nurturing. From the classroom feasts at which students presented their well-written reflections, to the amphitheater where sixth grade mentors and first graders collaborated on a musical number (after eating pie of course), to the costume-filled ocean unit presentations in Ms. Cherin's classroom; it was a day of meaningful moments and communal celebrations for all that makes us so very grateful.
As always, I have an educational plea to make to all the families reading this: take some time with your children this week to read together. Even for an hour, put away your phones, close up the laptops, switch off the TV, and power-off the video game console. In the spirit of Thanksgiving, let's all be tremendously thankful for the power we have to read - unparalleled in its vitality to discover new ideas, venture to new places, expand the imagination, and envision the future we can create.