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December 2022 - Gratitude

December 2022- Gratitude with an Outreach approach


Gratitude is the NLPS theme for the month of December. Let us count the ways and things we are grateful for. At the Outreach schools we are grateful for our students, for their families and for the Outreach  staff and  all the great things that they offer to the students each day.


Be thankful for what you have; you'll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don't have, you will never, ever have enough.” – Oprah Winfrey.


 “As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” – John F. Kennedy.June 26, 2020


Gratitude is not a once in a lifetime event. 

Here are 8 simple things we have on our list of things to be grateful (aka thankful) for. Remember there are many other things that could be on this list and in different priorities. Everyone has their own special gratitudes.  


8 Things To Be Thankful For In Life

  • Your family.
  • Close friends.
  • Good health.
  • Your home.
  • Your job.
  • Healthy food.
  • Your education.
  • Your pet


We can learn about gratitude or thankfulness in our home with our families.  Communication is key, if everyone is aware of what is happening in the family, stress is reduced and arguments won't happen as there are no surprises and no assumptions on how people are feeling at any given time. And everyone knows about what is planned and who is doing what and when, and what plans have been made within the family . It is a feeling about being able to talk and ask questions at any time without being shut down and told that you should have known without being told and that you are the bad person who did not. and let each be heard not shut down. 


So Parents please watch “ Let's talk about gratitude'' presented by students in  high school in their own words. 


VIDEO How to share with our children and rekindle in ourselves a better knowing of gratitude. Seven ways we as parents can foster Gratitude in our children. I really liked this one. 


Let's make sure we offer the Gift of Gratitude by the things we do with the people we care for and show gratitude at our workplace and in our community. Gratitude and thankfulness can go a long way and make a big difference. 


(REMEMBER OTHERS:  This time of year can be difficult for many even in our own circle of friends. They are struggling and are feeling lost. Please check in with them  and have conversations with them that are genuine and real. Remind them by action and words that someone cares and that  there are things to be grateful for and having them in your life is one them. )

 If you have an emergency, you require immediate assistance or are in crisis please contact 911 or AHS’s 24-hour crisis hotline at 1-877-303-2642


Thinking of all of you and lots of warm wishes for December. 

From your  Outreach Schools 

Crystal, Kim and Judy 



SNACK TIME YUMMY- Christmas caramel popcorn twists 

Christmas Crack(ers) easy to make and quick to eat note this can be addictive 



This cracker candy is crispy and chocolate-y with a sweet buttery toffee finish. 


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