I’m about to share some advice from Grit Guru Dr. Angela Dcukworth. It feels a little bit like I’m telling you “SERENITY NOW!” from one of the greatest shows of the ‘90s, Seinfeld. Some of you may recall that Jerry Stiller, Frank Costanza of Seinfeld, explained that all you need to do is shout “SERENITY NOW!” and serenity will be yours.
In light of the pandemic, people worldwide are being asked not to venture further - rather, we’ve been asked to stay in! These restrictions on our adventures have been a significant challenge. Without the ability to venture out, we have been pushed to venture further in different ways.
The last several weeks have been an emotional rollercoaster for all of us, myself included. It can be hard to know what we will feel from day to day, and often hour to hour. But today, I am overwhelmed with one emotion in particular: gratitude.
I want to assure you that we have been monitoring the COVID-19 situation carefully and, at present, everything has been proceeding normally. However, I think it is important that I acknowledge concerns and implications around COVID-19.
If you have been inside the school lately, you will have noticed that we have a community jigsaw puzzle under construction in the front foyer. This monthly puzzle is an idea brought forward by our Student Council and has been a popular initiative.
This past Monday was recognized around the Northern Hemisphere as “Blue Monday” - the so-called saddest day of the year. Whether or not you agree with that assessment, it’s hard to argue that January in Canada isn’t a dreary time. Dark days and snowy weather inevitably take a toll on many people physically, mentally and emotionally.
Teens perform a balancing act every day. Navigating (real or perceived) pressure from school, family and peers, along with practising good self-care and work habits and keeping up with competing demands, is very tricky.
As part of yesterday’s Arts Day, cellist Erika Nielsen performed for Greenwood, inspiring students to consider all that goes into learning to play an instrument so expertly and passionately and making a profession of it.
We proudly and warmly welcomed prospective families to our second of two Visitors’ Days of the year yesterday, and I know I wasn’t the only person filled with pride in our school. It was a pleasure speaking about our students, our staff and all that Greenwood has to offer to prospective families.
As the Thanksgiving weekend approaches, many of us are dreaming of turkey, pumpkin pie and quality time spent with family and friends. Holidays provide the perfect opportunity to reflect on all that we are thankful for - but what if we all made a conscious effort to practice gratitude on a daily basis?
How did Swedish student Greta Thunberg get the attention of students, governments and citizens around the world? She skipped school! As a Principal, this is about the last thing I want students to do, but I have to admit that it was an effective way to draw attention to the climate crisis.
This is my penultimate note for Life @ Greenwood. I’m not sure if a school year has ever seemed to go as quickly as this one. With only a few days left before Celebration Day, thoughts are turning to summer and even looking ahead to the next school year.
We welcomed acclaimed Canadian musician Peter Katz to Greenwood this past Monday. The opportunity to have Peter speak (and sing) with our students was thanks to the generosity of the Perelmuter family.