Thursday Thoughts: Bothell High Volleyball 2021 4A State Champions, Cottage Lake Breakfast Club Visit, National Adoption Day and More

Hello Team Northshore,

We are fast closing out the month of November...  I trust the Thanksgiving Day and Native American Heritage Day and weekend will provide a joyful respite to each of your busy lives.  As I think about the coming days, I hope to have the opportunity to do some reading and reflecting.  I might even reread some of my favorite ‘comfort books’ ;>)  I really enjoyed Oprah's recent text, The Wisdom of Sundays which includes one of my favorite of her quotes; "When you acknowledge and are grateful for whatever you have, it allows more to be drawn to you and changes the way you experience life."  I am so grateful for having the opportunity to serve you and this incredible community of students and families.  Together, all things are possible...

Upcoming Holidays

As Native American Heritage Month comes to an end and we move full steam ahead into December, there are a number of holidays right around the corner that will be celebrated by members of our diverse community. I am so grateful to be in a diverse community that is so rich in cultures, faiths, and backgrounds, and maintains a yearning for understanding and connecting. In Our House, this growth mindset will continue to lead us to better days. 


I want to acknowledge the full plates that all of us are experiencing as we are all investing time and energy in creating safe and welcoming teaching and learning environments for everyone. It is certainly a herculean effort and I am grateful for every effort large and small that is executed with grace and understanding. As I have been out in the schools talking with parents and guardians as well as students and staff, I am also mindful of the hard work of our students, and their families, as well as our staff as we each navigate all that comes with life and learning. This is a good time to remember that our strength lies in working together – being better together.  To that end, I encourage everyone to take time this holiday weekend to refill your tanks. Find that person or furry friend, that activity, or just that quiet place that always seems to give you energy and light. Give yourself permission to just be. It is such a time as this to find joy in peaceful moments…  

Cottage Lake Breakfast Club

On Tuesday, I visited Cottage Lake Elementary, meeting with parents and guardians first before sitting down with a group of students to hear how things were going in the Sailor community. The students and I discussed the important work that happens in the classroom and the work needed to invest in building relationships with schoolmates. I am always impressed by the critical thinking from students who are willing to share their experiences with me. After sitting down with students, I toured each classroom and witnessed innovative and creative instruction at a high level. I went from one classroom where students were on a math scavenger hunt that incorporated relationship-building, recognizing letters, and movement, to another classroom where students were engaged in a lesson on symmetry, which incorporated an art docent lesson. Getting out in the schools with our students and staff is always a highlight of my week! 

National Adoption Day

This past Saturday was National Adoption Day.  Even though all adoption topics are important to recognize, the specific focus of this month is the adoption of children currently in foster care. Currently, the number of children in foster care waiting to be adopted is 120,000. I want to share my grateful thanks for all those who are able to open their hearts and homes as new families abound.  Finding a forever home is such a transformative experience for all involved.  Imagine the possibilities… 

Bothell High Volleyball 2021 4A State Champions

Congratulations to the Bothell High School Volleyball for becoming the 2021 4A State Champions! Your Northshore community is proud of you and your hard work. We are also appreciative of the team support throughout the season, including students, staff, and families who cheered you on, as well as our voters who approve levy funding for activities such as volleyball. We cannot do any of this alone. Go Cougars!  

COVID-19 Guidance

As this coming holiday weekend is traditionally a time for family and friends to gather, please be reminded that we are still in a pandemic and we want to do everything we can to keep our loved ones and community healthy and safe. The Snohomish County Health District has provided helpful guidance for us all. I encourage everyone to review the ideas and take part in keeping COVID-19 infection rates down as we move through the holiday season and into 2022.  

The Story of the Geese

And so, like you I have often looked up this past week as the geese are doing flyovers in formation.  Over the years, I am pleased to be reminded that to all things there is a season.  There is a definite comfort to nature and the predictability as well as the gifts of so many creatures, great and small. The story of the geese and their tight formation is one that still inspires me in my work.  I trust that you too will find inspiration in their natural team commitment.  Together, all things are possible.

As we approach the coming holiday weekend, I am mindful of all that we have to be grateful for and celebrate our amazing team.... "Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings."  ~ William Arthur Ward    

I wish each of you a bountiful and joyful weekend !!

Michelle Reid, Ed.D.



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