Students and staff of CISB gathered to savor a traditional Thanksgiving feast. The menu included turkey, golden roasted potatoes, mashed potatoes, rich gravy, and cranberry sauce. Celebrated on the second Monday of October, Thanksgiving offers Canadians a moment to reflect and give thanks for the harvest and the blessings of the preceding year. The holiday is also a time to gather with loved ones and express gratitude for the present moment and hopeful anticipation for the future.

As plates were filled and the community came together, many students took this moment to share their personal reflections on what they are thankful for.

Andreas, a confident third grader, beamed as he said, “Thank you to my parents for having me and thank you for my teachers for teaching me amazing things.”

Victoria, also from Grade 3, with a shy smile, admitted her fondness for home-cooked meals, “I am thankful for my mom’s cooking, and I am grateful for having a great family.”

Mia from Grade 12 took a moment to reflect on her academic journey, “I am grateful that my parents gave me a chance to have such a good education. This has given me more opportunities for my future.”

Harry, another senior, expressed his gratitude towards the CISB academic framework, stating, “I am grateful to my teachers for providing an environment where I can learn and grow, setting me up for future opportunities.”

Lingyu, a sixth grader, captured the essence of the teacher-student relationship, “I am thankful for my teachers. They are very patient and help me better myself.”

The Thanksgiving celebration at CISB was about cherishing our blessings and looking forward to the promise of tomorrow.