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PTA President’s November Message:

Thanksgiving Break is almost here. I hope you have planned to spend some quality time together as a family!  With the holidays approaching and Thanksgiving almost here, I always like to remind my own children how lucky they are, not for material things but for the love, time and things we are able to do together as a family.

I also want to share a simple Gratitude exercise to do with your children over the holiday season:

Gratitude Jar

Creating A Gratitude Jar - Everyday Magic With Jubilee

The gratitude jar is a stunningly simple exercise that can have profound effects on your wellbeing and outlook. It only requires a few ingredients: a jar (a box can also work); a ribbon, stickers, glitter, or whatever else you like to decorate the jar; paper and a pen or pencil for writing your gratitude notes; and gratitude!

Step 1: Find a jar or box.

Step 2: Decorate the jar however you wish. You can tie a ribbon around the jar’s neck, put stickers on the sides, use clear glue and glitter to make it sparkle, paint it, keep it simple, or do whatever else you can think of to make it a pleasing sight.

Step 3: This is the most important step, which will be repeated every day. Think of at least three things throughout your day that you are grateful for. It can be something as benign as a coffee at your favorite place, or as grand as the love of your significant other or dear friend. Do this every day, write down what you are grateful for on little slips of paper and fill the jar.

For kids, it can be something like a hug from Mommy, a cookie from Ada’s Café, a friendship bracelet, a funny joke, anything that made them feel good.

Over time, you and your kids will find that you have a jar full of a myriad of reasons to be thankful for what you have and enjoy the life you are living. It also will cultivate a practice of expressing thanks.

If you are ever feeling especially down and need a quick pick-me-up, take a few notes out of the jar to remind yourself of who, and what, is good in your life.


Ira Pamnani
PTA President



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