November 25, 2019

The first part of the 2019-2020 school year has gone by quickly, and it has been both exciting and productive thus far. We have already completed the first quarter and are well into our second. Winter sports are upon us and we are excited about the potential for each of these seasons.  

As we reflect on the many things for which we are thankful, I want to take this opportunity to share just a few of them with you. First, we are thankful for our students who come to school every day ready and willing to learn. They give us all a daily reminder of what is important, bring us purpose to work hard for something greater than ourselves, and they serve as a constant reminder for why we are here. We are thankful for the support of the parents in creating an outstanding partnership for our students. Our parents dedicate so much time and energy in order to serve as an advocate for their children and to support their children’s many endeavors here at St James. 

We are thankful for the teachers, paras, bus drivers, secretaries, nurses, nutrition staff, therapists, administrators, and all other support staff who really care about student achievement and who have the best interests of our students at heart. Through everyone’s efforts, our school is filled with positive, productive, and powerful learning each and every day. We are also thankful for our community supporters, retired teachers, and volunteers who enthusiastically contribute so much to our school. I continue to witness dedicated and tireless individuals going above and beyond to make sure great things happen at St. James R-I Schools. Every single person truly does make a difference in the lives of our students, and those students, in their own individual ways, benefit from those efforts. 

Most importantly, we are thankful for the parents who continue to share their most valuable possessions with us and, in most cases, work hard and advocate to be a partner in their children’s education, safety and well-being. For this, we are ever so thankful. 

I would like to wish all of you and your families a very happy, healthy and relaxing Thanksgiving holiday!