There are many ways we invite you into the room to celebrate your child, share our learning journeys and engage in community building. Our Thanksgiving Potluck provides an opportunity to share a communal meal with your child’s class in an intimate and very special way. While we all have our own traditions, many classes combine tables to make one long surface, so we are able to eat all together. We encourage families to share their family recipes and rich cultural heritage during this meal. In some classrooms, teachers interview the children to reflect upon the things in their lives for which they are grateful. Gratitude can be an abstract concept for young people to grasp. As educators, we support the development of this idea by sharing our own examples and experiences. We model gratitude for them. You, too, can do this at home, sharing the people and experiences for which you are grateful and why. Don’t be surprised if the answer is jellybeans! But, more often than not, the response is a poignant reflection of the people they love the most and why they are special: “I love when mommy reads and cuddles with me before bed.”
Each classroom will send out or hang an individual list of potluck items, so be on the lookout. Please bring donations in the morning so teachers can prepare the meal beforehand and be ready to serve closer to 11:30 a.m. If you have a musical talent, we would love to have accompaniment. We share our talents in many ways! If you can’t make it. Send someone in your stead: grandparents, caregivers and family friends. Teachers also stand in for families when work demands are making being present in person not possible.
When the meal is finished, we will transition into nap time after a short story. A logical time to say goodbye is directly after the meal, before the story begins. It is normal for children to struggle at transitions that are out of the ordinary and you know your child best. If you think it would be too hard to say goodbye after lunch, you can choose to take your child with you at the end of the lunch. School will be open, however, so you can stick to your normal routine if that works best for your family. If you are leaving early, we wish you a wonderful holiday weekend with your family. If you will not be here before the last day of classes, please let your classroom teachers know, so they can plan for the meal.