My December wish for each of you is self-care! You have been extraordinary this year and I know how exhausted you are. I think the word extraordinary is particularly fitting here- extra-ordinary -because although you have done a lot of new things in 2020 (hello remote teaching!) you have mainly done more of what you always do: show up for kids and colleagues with open hearts and minds, focus first on the needs of students and families, embrace learning and jump into new experiences with both feet, go above and beyond because you love what you do... the list goes on and on. You are amazing every year; in 2020 you were even more amazing.
Research tells us that prolonged stress has negative effects on the brain, impacts our memory, learning, and creativity, and can lead us to withdraw and avoid social interactions. I would say that 2020 constitutes as prolonged stress! So please take winter break to de-stress in whatever way works best for you. Whatever you do, un-plug, relax, and care for yourself- it is time to put your own oxygen mask on!
I look forward to re-engaging with you in 2021- with restored energy, optimism, and creativity to continue to support the wonderful work you do of educating our students.
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