Good Morning Watershed Explorers,
Today marks exactly one month since our last day in school. It was the morning of Friday, March 13th that I had my last in-class lessons with the wonderful students of the Paul Cuffee School. That afternoon the governor announced that schools would be closing. I hope that distance learning is treating you well and that you have started some wonderful new traditions with your families during this time.
Over the last month, I have thought of you all daily. I miss your sweet smiles. My favorite part about the Watershed Explorers Program is walking into a classroom full of students with sweet smiles waiting for an exciting lesson. I am truly sad that we can't be together exploring, but the thoughts of your smiles and your enthusiasm still inspire me every day.
I wanted to share a wonderful quote with you that I read this morning from Thich Nhat Hanh a Buddhist monk, poet, and global peace activist. It reads, "Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy." Smiles are powerful. Did you ever have one of those moments when you can't do anything but smile? The thoughts and the happiness you feel are so strong that the smile appears on its own. I encourage you to smile often. There is truly so much to smile about. I don't know all of you personally, I don't know your families, but I do know your teachers. I know that if there is anything to smile for each day, it's them. Your teachers are working hard to ensure that you are all still learning and growing during this time and I know that they are thinking about you daily as well. So please smile for them, I know they would greatly appreciate it. I also know that there are many people that are helping you at home to make your distance learning successful, as stated, I don't know who they are, they could be your mom, your dad, your grandmother, your grandfather, your aunt, or even and older brother or sister. Whomever they are, smile for them as well.
I also want to remind you that smiles are contagious and if there is something that is worth catching these days, it's definitely a smile! Social distancing is tough on all of us, we can't share much of anything outside of our immediate family, but a smile is something you can share safely and can truly spread so much joy.
I will continue to picture your smiles each day and I hope to see them in person again as soon as it is safe. I am still waiting for poems, pictures, stories and anything else you would like to share.