Giving Thanks

Talk of giving thanks has filled the halls of Gilman lower school for weeks now. Our quality of the month, as stated on our school calendar, is Thankfulness. Even without this reminder, the month of November brings thoughts of gratefulness each year. Students and faculty alike have settled into the routines of the school year and can now catch our breath and enjoy being together. At the same time, we begin to realize that the calendar pages get turned way too quickly, days often fly by, and if we stop to enjoy each moment, we can slow the process down. Our Morning Meetings this year have given us a place of quiet reflection. We come together each week with our colleagues and classmates and through story, or music, or shared conversation, we have a chance to think about what is important. This week, Dr. Webster asked the boys to communicate what they are thankful for. The boys mentioned everything from basics, like food and shelter, to broader experiences like a Gilman education and the opportunities a good education brings for the future. It was such a pleasure to hear these young voices express appreciation and gratitude.


Also this week, our pre-first, second, and fourth grade classes were able to give special thanks for grandparents and “grand-friends” who often fill the grandparent role. Our “GrandFriends Day” was well attended. The halls were filled with students escorting their guests on a tour of the school. It was evident on the faces of all who participated that love and gratitude go hand in hand. As a grandparent myself now, I can truly appreciate the joy of having grandchildren. How I wish that I was able to spend a day at school with them. Perhaps the Thanksgiving season reminds us all how lucky we are to be part of a family- both at home and in our school community.


Today we came together as a school to share stories, songs, poetry, and a multitude of canned goods for the homeless. It is always everyone’s favorite assembly, as it is filled with both laughter and poignant moments. Rick Bowie stepped it up this year by donning a turkey costume. Is there any doubt why we love our Mr. Bowie so much? Of course the grand finale every year is also the highlight- the Turkey Tango. See the video below and enjoy not only the dance, but the wild applause at the end!


I hope that my communication with you each week encourages “talking points” to inspire weekend conversation with your son or sons. Here are some “talking points” for this weekend.



  • If you are in Kindergarten- Did you enjoy watching the pre-first class do the Turkey Tango? What are you thankful for about your teachers and classmates?
  • If you are in Pre-First- How did you enjoy your time with Grandfriends this week?
  • If you are in First Grade- Tell me about the poem you recited at the lower school assembly on Tuesday.
  • If you are in Second Grade- How did you use PicCollage to create an image of the lower school on Grandfriends Day? Did you enjoy seeing for the lower school assembly? See the video below!
  • If you are in Third Grade- What are you learning about the Cherokee nation and their language? How are you learning to translate words using their website?
  • If you are in Fourth Grade- How did you enjoy Grandfriends Day? Did you enjoy hearing about Argentina from your PE coach?
  • If you are in Fifth Grade- What were some of your classmates saying about their heritage at the lower school assembly this week? Do you know about your heritage?

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