Just before eating an especially delicious meal (like corn on the cob and ribs), canoeing on the calm waters of Eagle Harbor, or cross-country skiing on freshly fallen snow, my dad says, “It doesn’t get any better than this.”

His phrase is an expression of deep gratitude for good food and fun-filled activities shared with family.  The phrase is an acknowledgement of our many blessings.

During a recent school walk through I observed:

  • Pre-K students playing, laughing and running together on our big playground
  • Kinder students building with STEM box materials while classical music played
  • 1st and 2nd graders led by their teachers, walking to Sakai Park to study and explore
  • 3rd graders working on triple-digit subtraction problems
  • 4th graders working on graphic representations to multiply 3- digit by 1-digit numbers
  • 5th/6th graders doing the Simplify Before you Multiply dance
  • 7th/8th graders working on either Pre-Algebra, Algebra or Geometry coursework

When I returned to my office and sat down, the first thing that came to mind was:


With joy and gratitude,

Susan Kilbane