Letter from the Superintendent

Mr. Scott Taylor, Superintendent of Schools

Expressing Gratitude

As we finish the final months of the school year, I would like to begin with a THANK YOU!  Thank you for the support you have provided to various student activities and school-wide initiatives.  I am grateful to be part of a team that supports education in all of its forms. From fundraising to school programs to athletics to engaged learning in the classrooms to the budget vote … this community is united in its effort to support our kids! 

In considering an overall theme of gratitude for this edition of the Perspective, I found interesting research to support the promotion of gratitude. Not only does it help to enhance person-to-person relationships, it has intrinsic value as well.  “Gratitude is a way for people to appreciate what they have instead of always reaching for something new in the hopes it will make them happier, or thinking they can't feel satisfied until every physical and material need is met. Gratitude helps people refocus on what they have instead of what they lack.”  (https://www.health.harvard.edu/healthbeat/giving-thanks-can-make-you-happier)

In what ways do we as a District show our appreciation? Do others see a thank you as a sincere gesture of their work? As we take a deeper look at the benefits highlighted in the text box, I encourage us all to lead by example with our children.  Show how gratitude and positivity can help to build positive experiences for those around us. In a world where we are all too often bombarded with negativity, let’s look to focus on that for which we are thankful.

The month of May provides great opportunities for us all to extend our appreciation:

  • Bus Driver Appreciation Day is May 2
  • Teacher Appreciation Week begins May 7
  • Mother’s Day is May 13
  • Memorial Day is May 28

And let’s not forget that gratefulness can be shown every day and in every interaction. 

As always, feel free to stop in, send an email (staylor@northcollinscsd.org) or give me a call at 337-0101 ext. 1301.  Thank you, and I hope to see you at our Annual Budget Vote and Board of Education election on Tuesday, May 15.  The polls are open from 12:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. in the high school gym. 

8 key benefits of expressing gratitude

1. Improves your attitude
Expressing gratitude makes you feel more positive and optimistic, which can reduce stress and help improve your overall mental fortitude.

2. Builds stronger relationships
A simple ’thank you’ lays the groundwork for a stronger relationship, whether you’re expressing gratitude to a loved one or to a stranger. Saying ‘thanks’ is a way to acknowledge a person for their help, which encourages them to feel special.

3. Improves your mental health
The next time you feel upset or frustrated; write down what you’re thankful for. Studies show that expressing gratitude helps you to deal better with your emotions and may even reduce depression.

4. Enhances your physical health
Studies show a strong correlation between gratitude and health. Put simply, people who are thankful tend to be healthier. Not only do they exercise more frequently and visit the doctor for their annual checkups, but they report feeling healthier as well.*

5. Boosts your self-esteem
Taking stock of what you’re grateful for helps you maintain perspective and makes you less likely to compare yourself to other people.*

6. Promotes better sleep
Jotting down what you’re thankful for each day boosts your mood and reduces your stress, which can help you sleep better at night.*

7. Increases your empathy for others
Gratitude may make you more sensitive toward other people’s feelings. Studies show grateful people are less likely to resort to retaliation when they experience negativity from others.*

8. Spreads happiness
Gratitude positively impacts your overall well-being, making you happier and more satisfied with your life.

*Source: http://activerain.com/blogsview/4776356/8-great-benefits-of-gratitude


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