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The St. Michael’s Thanksgiving Assembly is an annual tradition here at 180 Rhode Island Avenue. It is the last time the whole school gets together before we head our separate ways for the holiday. This year the third grade performed a “Readers Theater Play” about the harvest feast. The second grade shared the many ways they would help disguise Tom the Turkey, so he wouldn’t end up on the table. And the kindergarten sang a song about a yummy Thanksgiving dinner.
Mr. Slade shared his list of things he is thankful for this year, for the fourteenth and final time. His speech, which received a standing ovation, can be found below.
After the assembly the Early Childhood Program held their Pilgrim and Wampanoag feast. They enjoyed many traditional holiday foods, but the overwhelming favorites were cornbread and apple crisp!
Mr. Slade’s list:
Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. It is simple, filled with tradition, and you don’t have to bring something to the party. Here is my 14th annual list of what I am thankful and hopeful for. Each year I write a new list. There are certain themes that reappear. I hope these are the things that tie us all together. These are my personal thoughts of hope and thanks. I want each of you to listen, think of what each means to you, and think of your own thoughts of hope and thanks. Over the past 14 years I have focused on consistent themes – not necessarily in this order – my obvious obsession with the Boston sports teams, especially the Red Sox; my love and passion for all things St. Michael’s; our family pets; certain favorite foods; some recent trends and old favorites; all things Newport, RI and New England especially the weather, current events and lastly – but most importantly – my undying belief that how we treat one another in our school community is the most important thing we do, and what we do here makes a difference in
This year, I once again want to reinforce a plea for peace; our world could certainly use more of it. We spend a lot of time at school working on how to treat one another with respect. So I have mixed in some ways we can make our school, and the world, a more peaceful place.
I am thankful the 2013 Red Sox prove that working together still means something. I am hopeful they will be world champs again in 2014.
I am thankful my dog Millie has been around to hear everyone one of my “What I am thankful and hopeful for.”
I am hopeful she can hear some more.
I am thankful for the book “Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus”
I am hopeful the pigeon shares his hot dog with the duckling.
Peace starts right here in our school. It means being respectful of all. It means not being a bystander and standing up for what is right. Peace begins right here, right now.
I am thankful Tom Brady has a golden arm.
I am hopeful he can be as great when he turns 40.
I am thankful we raised a fantastic amount of money to help the people of the Philippines.
I am hopeful that they can rebuild their country.
I am thankful that the Thanksgiving Holiday is still all about family, friends, and giving thanks.
I am hopeful the simplicity of this day will be what we focus on.
We carry peace wherever we go. Peace is in our families and peace can spread to all our friends. Imagine if everyone did the same.
I am thankful for working with children each and everyday.
I am hopeful I can always hold onto my inner child.
I am thankful for M & M’s and the never ending supply that exists in Mr. T’s office.
I am hopeful my new school has someone that loves M & M’s as much as I do.
I am thankful for my love of technology and new gadgets.
I am hopeful we will always use technology wisely and only for good.
Peace is simple. It is saying a kind word. It is seeing differences and trying to understand them. Peace is being patient and wise.
I am thankful for Novembers gray skies, Decembers holiday lights, January’s cold, and February’s brightening light.
I am hopeful that each season brings unique joys-that is why we live in New England.
I am thankful I have lived in Newport for the past 16 years mainly because my children have grown up here.
I am hopeful we all can have great childhood memories.
I am thankful our school is place we can call home because home is a place we can be ourselves.
I am hopeful all of you can be yourselves at home.
Peace is contagious. It spreads like the wind. It does not take great effort to spread peace it just takes all of us to get behind it. If that happens we will have a world at peace.
I am thankful for this years 8th grade. I am so pleased with how they have come together as a group of young people who we can all admire.
I am hopeful they will continue to believe in their goodness.
I am thankful Ben and Jerry’s continues to invent new ice cream flavors.
I am hopeful they will name one after St. Michael’s called Hurricane Seafood.
I am thankful for our community garden and all the vegetables we grew this summer.
I am hopeful folks will continue to weed it.
Peace connects us all. Lack of peace can separate and divide us. Don’t ever be afraid to stand up for peace, now, tomorrow, and the rest of your life.
I am thankful I have had the chance to work with a first class group of teachers.
I am hopeful you all feel that way about yourselves.
I am thankful for the words I say about SMS graduates because it makes me optimistic about the future.
I am hopeful we continue to make the job of educating our children our highest priority.
I am thankful for the privilege of working here for the past 16 years.
I am hopeful I will feel the same at my new school.
Lastly I want to thank everyone who has listened all these years to these bits of wisdom.
I am hopeful they made a difference to someone, somewhere.
Now we are all about to get a well deserved rest, a few days to recharge those batteries, a chance to play, a chance to see old friends and family, and most importantly a chance to give thanks.