Gratitude

The Indian Creek community has much to be thankful for this holiday season. This week has seen exciting and engaging academic endeavors such as Upper School STEM presentations, first grade Egyptian Studies, fourth grade Medieval Independent Learning projects, and more! Field trips to the Annapolis courthouse and the Patuxent Native American Village have enriched our students’ experience, as have fun Punkin’ Chunkin’ celebration at Lower School and the traditional Silent Speedball tournament in Grades 7-8. Last week, we introduced great numbers of families new to our school at Lower and Upper School Open Houses. The Upper School cast of “The Heidi Chronicles” astounded audiences with their poignant and mature performances. This morning, we celebrated a successful fall athletics season and honored outstanding athletes at an awards assembly. Yesterday, our amazing parents honored the dedication of our faculty and staff with warm, delicious Appreciation Luncheons. And this week, Indian Creek students served lunches at The Light House of Annapolis, performed at a local nursing home, donated batteries to help Puerto Rico, and are eagerly approaching our holiday sharing drive. And today, Upper School students are holding a “Mix it Up Day” to encourage themselves to reach out and make a new friend.

All of these pieces make up the vibrant community that we are lucky to belong to at Indian Creek School. We have so much to be grateful for this year. As Head of School Rick Branson shared, “I am so grateful for our students as well-rounded and happy academic-athletic-artistic scholars. I am grateful for our parents as role models and cheerleaders. And I am grateful for our faculty as teachers, mentors, and coaches. Most of all, I am thankful that, together, we all make up the extraordinary community that is Indian Creek School.”

This week, Indian Creek faculty members took a moment to share with us some of the things for which they are grateful this season. Most of all, we are grateful to your, our families, for being a part of the Indian Creek Community.

I am so grateful to be a part of such an exciting place. I love watching, listening and being a part of the day to day experiences that happen at the Creek. I am thankful for all of our dear families and would like to send kind thoughts of peace and joy to them this Thanksgiving. – Val Haywood, Lower School Receptionist

I’m thankful to all of my supportive colleagues who make me laugh and keep me sane. I’m thankful for the students who always try their hardest. It is a pleasure to watch them learn and grow. – Jessica Porter, Upper School Humanities Faculty

This year, I’m thankful for family. I’ve been away for the past few years and I am so grateful to be back and able to celebrate my niece’s first Thanksgiving surrounded by family. And for fall! Crisp mornings and falling leaves and homemade applesauce. – Christine Andrews, Lower School Spanish Faculty

I'm grateful for my two rambunctious, full of energy, dinosaur loving boys who love to destroy my house but are perfect angels when they're asleep. - Lindsey Seynhaeve, Upper School Spanish Faculty

I am thankful for the daily support we receive from our ICS facilities team. I’m also thankful for the daily support and guidance I receive from my teammate Mrs. Fowler. – John Argilan, Third Grade Faculty

I'm thankful for the awesome place I work, and that I get to work with great friends. And of course, I’m thankful for the SAGE Dining food. – Erika Strickland, Sixth Grade Faculty

I am thankful for lifelong friends and partners that I have been blessed with at ICS. – Michelle Turner, Second Grade Faculty

I am thankful for having a classroom with big windows so we can all see the sun and the sky and the leaves when they fall. – Barb Vazquez, Lower School Spanish Faculty

I am grateful to be working at Indian Creek and having the opportunity to share my art knowledge with creative students. I am also grateful to be working with helpful, thoughtful, and knowledgeable colleagues. - Hilary N. Briles, Upper School Art Faculty

I am thankful for my family, especially for my two daughters who are growing up into lovely young ladies. I am also thankful that my Dad is still with us this Thanksgiving and that I get to work with my sister every day! – Anita O’Connor, Lower and Middle School Performing Arts and Music Faculty

I am thankful for all our 7th and 8th grade students! They brighten up the library during recess and they READ LOTS OF BOOKS! – Ashley Fetterolf, Upper School Librarian

I am grateful for our team here, not just my Facilities team, but everyone. Even though we are all in different roles and juggling VERY different projects, everyone here is so supportive of one another and engaged in what is going on each other’s lives. I’m just so grateful for this community, and being able to come in and see everyone’s smiling faces. It has made any hard day easier, and any sad day a happy one. – Diana Ortiz, Director of Facilities and Sustainability

I am thankful that that I am surrounded by professionals who care. – Phyllis Everette, Upper School Faculty

I’m grateful for our amazing students in grades nine through twelve who have warmly welcomed the seventh and eighth grades students as part of the Upper School community. – Jennifer Malachowski, Associate Head of Grades 7-8

I am thankful for all the parents who listen to their children rehearse the same audition song 525,600 times. The hard work pays off! I am also thankful to be part of a community that treasures and supports the arts! – Jill Woodward, Upper School Performing Arts Faculty
 
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