November 24, 2020
Dear Raider Family,
As we each finalize our preparations for a Thanksgiving holiday unlike we have ever experienced before, I want to encourage you to take a moment of pause to reflect before your socially-distanced and virtual festivities begin.
At times, the daily pressure of the pandemic and the onslaught of nonstop news this year has overwhelmed many of us. Still, we have much for which to be thankful. The process of giving thanks is a powerful one because it can help us harness the power of positive thinking. As an educator, I believe our minds are capable of guiding us to new heights and we each have the superpower to channel positivity as we reflect on this year and this season, even with all of its challenges, change and grief.
I am and will forever be grateful to the staff at Reynoldsburg City Schools for their creative energy and willingness to do the hard work to make learning possible for our students. Our team has continued to step up and selflessly care for the social, emotional and academic needs of our students with each new development, and there have been many.
I am also grateful for the challenges that have come our way this year because it has shown each of us that we can overcome hard or difficult moments. In our very own community, I have seen caring and supportive neighbors and family members willing to lend a hand to those in need, no matter their race, religion or financial background. It is seeing these acts of kindness that restore my faith in humanity. The continued support of our students, staff and schools by our community is humbling and we are deeply appreciative.
Thanksgiving is an opportunity to reposition our perspective and choose to focus on the good things happening and the supportive people around us. We can give thanks while also recognizing the difficulties we have experienced and how we’ve grown as individuals and a district as a result. Our students and staff often talk about embracing a growth mindset - it’s the idea that we all have the opportunity to look at a tough situation as an opportunity for growth and improvement.
Over the next few days, please take some time for yourselves. Practice self-care. This pandemic has affected many of us physically, but it is also affecting us mentally. Isolation, especially for our elderly community members or those who live alone is a test of strength and resilience. I encourage us all to use this time to write letters, make phone calls or FaceTime with the people we love and cherish as much as possible. We all deserve a break and a dose of positivity.
Raiders, have a safe and restful Thanksgiving and let’s come back to our remote learning after this break ready to tackle the last weeks of 2020 with renewed energy and positivity. You can, have, and will do amazing things this year!
Melvin J. Brown
Reynoldsburg City Schools