Our One Schoolhouse team is a grateful bunch so every November, we ask our staff to share gratitude statements:
Charnelle: This year, I am incredibly grateful for the amazing people in my life. Whether it's my friends, family, or even the One Schoolhouse team, I feel so blessed to have so much love and support around me, especially during tough times. It's a reminder of just how important it is to have people who truly care about you by your side, through thick and thin. When you have a support system like mine, it feels like you can take on the world.
Delinda: I am grateful for the gift of family, and the love and support they've given me. I know having a loving family is not guaranteed. I am fortunate to still have both of my parents; in their 80's, they are healthy and active. My two siblings and I are close and take every opportunity we can to enjoy each other's company. My daughter and her family live nearby allowing me the opportunity to see my two young grandsons regularly. My definition of family may be different from others, but I hope they find the same love, strength and support in their "family" as I do in mine.
Lynnae: I am thankful for the farm, even when sheep get out of the pasture, or deer eat the fruit trees, or I manage to trip over a buried rock, or an irrigation line breaks. It's always something, but it's always real and satisfying.
Sarah H: I am wholeheartedly grateful for the Academic Leaders who have proactively jumped into the study of generative AI, recognizing its vast power to shape the future world our students will live in. Their willingness to dive into this complex field reflects their forward-thinking approach and dedication to shaping the future.
Erin: I’m thankful for family, friends, and community and for the opportunity to build new relationships and while deepening old ones.
Liz: I am grateful for rest. I'm learning that finding time to meditate and making my sleep a priority isn't just good for me. When I'm rested, I'm not just taking care of myself--I'm also taking care of my family, my friends, and my colleagues. I'm thankful I'm finding opportunities to slow down.
Kim: I am grateful for my life thus far, for all the experiences I've had near and far and for the people I've met along the way. People make everything more meaningful, and I'm grateful for those who have come into my life and have helped shape who I am today.
Amy: I am grateful for simplicity - for a cool fall breeze, porch sitting, singing birds, and happy pups frolicking in the yard.
Brad: Right now, I'm particularly grateful for all the helpers out there in the world -- including and especially for the helpers in our schools.
Sarah W: This autumn, I’m feeling particularly grateful for
the health of those I love, mugs of warm morning tea, a house full of teenagers who make fun of me, a cute pair of sneakers, my gym community, vegan soups on Sundays, cat memes, and the fortune of living in a safe place.
Curt: I am grateful for Fall weather, nachos, golf cart rides, football games, and fire pits. More importantly, I am grateful for the people in my life that I get to share these things with.
Seanta: I am grateful for all the good things in my life. I sincerely appreciate all the help I receive from others. I am in the process of becoming the best version of myself. I am forever grateful for all the technologies that allow me to keep in touch with my loved ones.
Lindsay: I am grateful for my family and all of the wonderful adventures we take together.
Ella: I am grateful for the gift of my family and my home. I am constantly in awe of their support, and truly feel that home is wherever I am surrounded by their love.
Jasper: Embracing new beginnings in a new city with loved ones fills me with a unique sense of gratitude and anticipation this fall.
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