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Bronxville Principal Wishes Students, Staff, Parents Happy Thanksgiving

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Dear Members of the Bronxville Elementary School Community:

As we head toward Thanksgiving, a holiday based on the concept of gratitude, I want to express my deep appreciation to our parents, students, teachers and staff. We have had 53 days of school that have been filled with many moments of joy, learning and thoughtfulness.

During this time, words of thanks and special thanksgiving ceremonies are common among almost all cultures after harvests. I thank you for your support and encouragement. During so many special programs in our school like Chess, the Book Fair, Chat-n-Chew, the Halloween Candy Drive, the Teacher Appreciation Luncheons and the Memorial Day LOGO contest, our parent support beautifully communicates the message that we are a community.

We began October with Unity Day proclaiming the message that, “When we all feel safe, we can all feel free, I will look out for you and you’ll look out for me.” The color orange was apparent everywhere and the message well-intertwined with our Character Counts program. At Family Math Night it was wonderful to see so many families share learning with their children. Math can indeed be fun and hopefully those adults who attended were able to learn a new game or two.

This past week, we also were able to share information about our Long Island University Graduate Intern Program with the Board of the Bronxville School Foundation. Our thanks extend to the Bronxville School Foundation and their supporters for sponsoring this program which enables us to continue our important professional development work. To find out about these programs and more, please go to our Elementary web page and check out some of our special happenings .

Finally, when you walk in our hallways please note the "attitude of gratitude" postings and share the message with your child. My favorite is a quote from Albert Schweitzer, “At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us.”

Thank you all for sharing your “sparks” with each and every one in our school community. May you all have a blessed Thanksgiving holiday filled with friends, family and more sparks.

Best Wishes,

Mrs. Heidi Manzel

Interim Elementary School Principal

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