It’s our last day before winter break and although it’s only 11 a.m., the staff and I are filled with so much joy for the community in our Northern Virginia private school.  We have had some wonderful expressions of gratitude from our families:  purchases for our teachers from our Amazon wish list, donations to the annual fund, emails and messages of kind words and more.

I am a firm believer in gratitude and also that gratitude is a practice.  I believe when your actions are motivated by gratitude, your whole world changes – and you can help change the world for others, too.

This morning, at Pinecrest, it is an example of this.  We are seeing tangible gratitude in action for what happens every day at our quality private school in Annandale.  Parents are telling us through gestures of kindness and generosity that they see how their children are learning, growing and thriving in our community – and that this matters to them.

And receiving this gratitude really matters to us.  It motivates, and it encourages us.  It makes a difference.

We can all live this way every day – making a difference to each other through kind word and actions.  We sometimes think these gestures need to be elaborate, but they don’t as long as they are heartfelt and genuine.  It is also easy to get distracted with the hectic pace of day-to-day life.  I am guilty of this, too.  This morning is a reminder for me to slow down and take the time to be sure my actions are motivated by gratitude – and to be sure that every day at Pinecrest we are instilling this in your children.

This is community!

–Ms. McDermott

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