November Newsletter

Principally Speaking….

“Simple Gifts” is a Shaker song that was written and composed by Elder Joseph Brackett, in 1848.  The song became word-famous when composer Aaron Copland featured it as a part of the score of Martha Graham’s ballet, Appalachia Spring.  Since then, the song has been recorded by various singers (from balladeers to pop stars), performed by university marching bands, and even featured in television commercials.  In all its forms, it is a favorite.  

The lyrics are especially poignant as we enter our season of giving.  

    ‘Tis the gift to be loved and that love to return, 

    ‘Tis the gift to be taught and richer gift to learn, 

    And when we expect of others what we try to live each day 

    Then we’ll all live together and we’ll all learn to say… 

As we prepare to celebrate Thanksgiving this is an appropriate opportunity for me to convey my thanks to all members of our Patriot school community, for the “simple gifts” of your 

commitment, support and partnership.  

Thank you, parents, for the gift of grace.  For recognizing that in all life’s jobs, the “human factor” exists.  When we make mistakes, despite our best efforts, your understanding and continued trust are important to us.  Thank you also for the gift of partnership.  Your time and commitment before and after school hours, at school conferences and various school events is appreciated.  

Thank you, students, for the gift of kindness, respect, and perseverance you demonstrate regularly.  Your hard work, generous spirit, and consideration for others bring sunshine to our 


Thank you, staff, for your gifts of compassion and focused work and instruction.  You create and foster a warm and rich environment that promotes learning and risk-taking.  It is an honor to work with you.  

I am thankful for you, Patriot family.  Wishing you all many simple gifts of the season.  

Tamarah Grigg

Pleasant Valley Middle School 

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