Dear Johnson Parents and Guardians,


As we near the Holiday break, it’s an opportune time to think about gratitude and what it means to be grateful. I recently read an article around a scientific study that found that showing (and documenting) what you are grateful for actually rewires the brain in a healthy way. Like most of you, the build-up to this upcoming break can weigh heavy. This first stretch of the year with Curriculum Night, conferences, getting to know and adjust to your new schedules, learning expectations, etc. can be taxing. With this in mind, I was recently having a conversation with a staff member and I was lamenting a bit about things that were truly outside of my circle of control and that I was wasting physical and emotional energy perseverating about. The staff member politely stopped me and shared that recently, she crafted an email to a colleague sharing what they were grateful for, specifically at Johnson. It included “the best office staff, the best custodian, the best cafeteria manager, the best paraprofessionals, the best colleagues, the best parents, etc.” It quickly rerouted my thinking. This staff member was right. We are all so fortunate to have what we have here. Every day we have an opportunity to make a difference in a child’s life. We have staff that would run through a wall (figuratively) to help meet the academic, social and emotional needs of their students. We have parents that go above and beyond to help in any way possible. We have each other. For that I’m grateful. Thank you for being Johnson…and that felt good!


P.S. Here’s is a very short article giving 7 scientifically proven benefits of showing gratitude. Good quick read!


With Gratitude,

Mr. Gignac

Principal, Johnson Elementary