Superintendent’s Corner Column

Attitude of Gratitude

November 2021

“Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.” William Arthur Ward

On October 3, 1789, the Thanksgiving Proclamation was declared by President George Washington, marking our first national holiday designating this special November day as one for giving thanks. 

There is much to be thankful for. With a quarter of the school year behind us and the anticipation of the coming months, we should remind ourselves of what matters most. Thanksgiving marks a holiday reserved for slowing down, enjoying time with loved ones, and appreciating all of our blessings. It is a time for expressing gratitude and giving back to those around us.

I am grateful for being a part of an incredibly strong community guided by empathy. The past week was a testament to these principles witnessing firsthand the inspiring spirit of a community that worked together to support our students, staff, and families.

Our community demonstrates a commitment and resolve, and our staff is dedicated to your children’s best interests at heart in our schools. Progress rarely follows a straight line, but as we press forward, the path we follow will depend on all of us continuing to work together.

We have much to be thankful for. Today is a time to pause, disconnect, and be grateful, enjoying the important moments with our family and loved ones during these holiday seasons. And so, it is most appropriate to express gratitude this time of year and to be thankful for your support. From our schools to your homes, we wish each one of your families a very Happy Thanksgiving.

All my best,

Dr. Rui Dionisio

Superintendent of Schools