Does your family play that game in which everyone at the table takes turns saying what they’re thankful for? If not, it’s a great tradition to add. With 2021 filled with “could have beens,” we could all benefit by reflecting on the “wins.” In Ramsey, we have had many successes in our classrooms and on different forms of “stages” where our students and staff demonstrated their skills.
That “round the table” unison is exactly what our youth and entire community want and deserve. It feels so much better than strife! Put aside any differences and enter the holiday season with the spirit of fellowship.
At that table and far beyond it, we also should remember that many of our neighbors, friends, and family are still struggling. So I ask you to stop by and check on them. Perhaps it is not a neighbor in the “inner circle” or a relative that you talk with frequently, but rather someone who you suspect is alone. The holiday season can be tough on all of us – not just those struggling in silence. A simple “Hello, neighbor! How are you today?” can go a long way.
Lastly, THANK YOU for being a part of a community that supports and values public education while allowing each student to be the individual he or she wants to be and is capable of being. I wish you and your family a happy Thanksgiving!
Matthew J. Murphy, Ed. D. Superintendent of Ramsey Schools