November's Buzz

Posted by Haley Taylor on 11/18/2021

A Message of Gratitude from Dr. Mark Slider, Your BVA Supervisor of Online Learning 

I keep a pumpkin on my desk that says, "Give Thanks" and I keep a saying on my office wall that says, "Simply Blessed."

These items in my office are so much more than decor. They speak to who I am and what I believe in every day. We all have our moments, and when I am having one of my "moments," it is great to look at these two reminders in my workspace. It is hard to stay in a negative state of mind when we focus on what we are grateful for and for all the blessings we have in our lives. Being reflecting on what we have shifts the focus away from what we do not have or wish we had.

As a child, I grew up very poor and we did not have much at all. Life was very difficult. It was not uncommon to have our electric shut off, or our phone service disconnected, etc. Life was filled with many challenges, and yet, my parents always reminded me of the things I have and what I should be grateful for. These challenges in life created and cultivated a strong resilience and positivity within me, and it was those experiences that shaped me into who I am today.

Having an attitude of gratitude, being positive and filled with joy, is not based upon momentary circumstances. It is based upon a mindset and a focus on what we have and what possibilities exist rather than focusing on the challenges we all face. We are all in the process of becoming a better version of ourselves and no one has it all together, no matter how wonderful one's life may appear. We are all on this journey of life together.

I encourage you, especially as we enter this holiday season, to focus on the blessings and to give thanks for all we have. We are growing, we are becoming and we are learning! For all these opportunities, we should give thanks!

On behalf of all my colleagues here at BVA, may you and your loved ones be blessed with a warm and wonderful holiday season!

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Wednesday, November 17: Education Support Professionals Day

American Education Week happens the week prior to the week of Thanksgiving. Each day of the week has its own theme, during which we celebrate our school community.

Education Support Professionals Day was first celebrated in 1987 after NEA’s Representative Assembly called on the organization to honor the contributions of all school support staff. National ESP Day is observed on Wednesday of American Education Week.

We've seen ESPs go well beyond anything we have seen before as they work to meet the needs of our school communities, in the midst of a pandemic. Help us to honor and advocate for the ESPs who continue keeping students safe, healthy, and ready to learn by letting us know how they have helped you!

By: National Education Association


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