Gratitude Attitude

January 18, 2013 Lower School Middle School High School

Message from the Dean of Students

Dear Everest Families,

It brings us so much joy to see how positively our teachers and students have ushered in the New Year here at school! Our teachers have all been busy planning and preparing for a more dynamic and interesting semester, while our students are all quickly getting back into their routines. Indeed, we’re all off to a good and  productive start!

I’d like to share a little bit more about what the Formation Team has been cooking up for this quarter. We have just launched our new virtue for the quarter, GRATITUDE. It is timely that the virtue of GRATITUDE will be highlighted during the next few months, as many of our upcoming school activities (such as the Everest Family Day, Teacher’s Day and Lenten season) will all be integrated with our campaign. We thought it was fitting to kick off our new virtue campaign with a celebratory flare simply because we all have plenty to be thankful for! The Deans of Students surprised the students during lunch with happy music playing in the  background, noisemakers, and party hats as they announced what to expect from the GRATITUDE campaign. Each student was asked on the spot to share why they were thankful for the people seated right next to them. As the excitement in the lunchroom died down, the Deans left with a reminder to always try to have a
“gratitude attitude”!

This is only the beginning. Throughout the quarter, various activities have been plotted specifically for Lower and Middle School students. Our hope is that our students learn to be more aware of the blessings they have been given, be it big or small. At the end of our campaign, we also would like for Everest students to develop a more thankful nature. As always, we are partners in fostering virtues to our students and children. For more details and ideas that can be applied at home, please be on the lookout for the next issue of the Everest Academy Virtue Letter that will be released next week.

I’d like to end with a simple question that we could all reflect on…the same question that we will be asking all of our students throughout the quarter…”Do you have a gratitude attitude?”

God bless,
Mrs. Garrovillo
Dean of Students