One of the most special holidays in the United States is Thanksgiving, a tradition dating back to the early settlers in America in the early 17th Century when two different cultures shared the bounty of their harvests with one another in thanks . . . hence, “thanks giving”. At ASV, we will celebrate this American holiday in some ways on Thursday, November 26, 2020, especially with the traditional turkey lunch.
In the spirit of Thanksgiving, I would like to share with you my many heartfelt thanks to everyone in our school community. Despite the challenges created by the global COVID-19 pandemic, ASV is blessed in so many ways, and it is important that we take a few moments to appreciate how fortunate we are as a school community. By no means have the past nine months been easy. Quite the contrary, as these have been some of the most challenging times in the distinguished 40 year history of ASV.
Notwithstanding these multitude of challenges, ASV and our families remain a thriving and healthy community. As a result of this global pandemic, we can now reflect on some of the small things from the past that now seem like rather big things. So, please allow me to share with you some small blessings for which we can all be thankful.
- We have been able to offer onsite classes every day, without interruption, since September 7, 2020 . . . may this continue for the remainder of the school year.
- We have students and families who have been supportive, cooperative and collaborative with the multitude of safety and health changes.
- We have had a minimal number of students, family and staff with COVID-19 infections . . . and let’s keep it that way.
- We really do have the most caring staff who nurture, support and care for our students on a daily basis, and who have volunteered to do so much this year . . . and always with a smile!
- We have ready access to health care, food and information in the midst of the largest pandemic in 100 years… so, please say thank you to healthcare providers, those who work in supermarkets and public employees (who all have families of their own).
- Lastly, we have one another to share the challenges and burdens as we attempt to make each day a safe, caring and meaningful day.
In the past, we may have taken these events for granted, but I hope we will all acknowledge the importance of these events now in light of the suffering that many people in other parts of the world still experience.
So, thank you for all you do to make ASV such a special place. I encourage you to share your thanks and gratitude in meaningful ways throughout this week with your children, your families, your friends, your children’s teachers, doctors and so many others for whom we are grateful.
Michael L. Smith