Dear Class IV Parents and Guardians,
It is hard to believe that we are past Thanksgiving and headed into December.
Thanksgiving is by far my favorite holiday. It begins with a brisk road race in the morning, usually the Buffalo Turkey Trot, America’s oldest footrace. This year, a slight change, as I ran the first annual Dedham Turkey Trot and Gratitude Run along with many Nobles folks. That gives license to appreciate more fully (and more recklessly) the sumptuous fare of the evening meal, with an extra helping of mom’s stuffing. Thanksgiving offers a chance for me to catch up with family members, and to meet new faces from the international community that my parents (also teachers) invite from their schools. Fitness, food, family and friendship—my very favorite things.
This year, I thought back to the first months of school, and reminded myself how thankful I was for many things during the first semester: the opening class retreat, the afternoon of leisure at the Endicott Estate, a pleasing round of grades and comments in the first quarter, the successful conclusion of a tremendous fall Afternoon Program, and the positive spirit of Class IV.
I hope that all were able to spend a few days reflecting on the things for which we are truly grateful. Although the list may differ from individual to individual, I am fairly certain that we don’t spend enough time really appreciating them. I think it is particularly important to keep family, friendship and health in mind as we approach a chaotic end of the year.
December can, unfortunately, bring about an ugly combination of craziness and consumerism. Materialistic concerns for the holiday blitz and the stresses of assessments detract from the good will and thanksgiving of the last few weeks.
In order to minimize the stresses, I would suggest that students do the following:
Look at the calendar. Mark upcoming English papers, history projects, modern language orals, and assessments.
Keep up on assignments.
Meet with teachers with any concerns or need for clarification.
Keep stress to a minimum. Do not heighten Alcove anxiety with exaggerated stories and needless worry.
Focus on finishing well.
As we enter December, may we carry the spirit of Thanksgiving into the coming weeks and focus on what is truly important. Let’s put a strong finish at the top of our wish list.