Gala of Trees to Benefit Sherman County Preschool, Nov. 26-Dec. 6
Sherman County School Newsletter: November 2018
Sherman County School District Communication to the Community #28
President Trump’s Thanksgiving Message to Americans
The First Thanksgiving Proclamation: George Washington, 1789
Time Away from Normal
Oregon Historical Society launches new blog!
“When we become more fully aware that our success is due in large measure to the loyalty, helpfulness, and encouragement we have received from others, our desire grows to pass on similar gifts. Gratitude spurs us on to prove ourselves worthy of what others have done for us. The spirit of gratitude is a powerful energizer.” — Wilferd A. Peterson
1. Gala of Trees to Benefit Sherman County Preschool, Nov. 26-Dec. 6
Sherman Co. Preschool is pleased to announce the Gala of Trees fundraiser is up and running again this year. Trees & wreaths will be on display at MCP Farm Store in Wasco from November 26 to the time of the drawing on December 6th at noon (you don’t have to be present to win, winners will be called immediately). Tickets may be purchased from any Sherman Co. Preschool family or at MCP Farm Store. This year we want to thank MCP Farm Store for hosting again, and the following businesses/people for donating or sponsoring a tree or wreath: Dinty’s Market, Husky’s 97 Market, Bank of Eastern Oregon, Apex Auto & Truck Repair, RDO Equipment, Paradise Rose Chuckwagon, Hill Trucking, Kock Farms, Sherman Co. Emergency Services, Kathy McCullough, and the many people who work for these businesses that come up with such creative & pretty wreaths and trees. Thank you for your continued support of Sherman Co. Preschool! 12/6
2. Sherman County School Newsletter: November 2018
See the Sherman County School newsletter here: https://sjshs.weebly.com/uploads/1/3/8/9/13895640/2018-11_newsletter.pdf.
3. Sherman County School District Communication to the Community #28
4. President Trump’s Thanksgiving Message to Americans
It’s that time of year again, as many Americans travel far and wide to be with loved ones over the Thanksgiving holiday. Gathering in places of worship and around family dinner tables, it is a time to give appreciation for all that we’ve been blessed with.
“On Thanksgiving Day, we recall the courageous and inspiring journey of the Pilgrims who, nearly four centuries ago, ventured across the vast ocean to flee religious persecution and establish a home in the New World,” President Donald J. Trump wrote in his 2018 Thanksgiving Proclamation. Facing dangerous conditions and uncertainty, the more than 100 Pilgrims arrived at Plymouth, Massachusetts, and “instilled in our Nation a strong faith in God that continues to be a beacon of hope to all Americans.”
In recognition of their journey, President George Washington issued the first Thanksgiving Proclamation on November 26, 1789. But it was under President Abraham Lincoln that the day became a true national celebration on the final Thursday of November each year.
“We give thanks for the family, friends, neighbors and loved ones who enrich our lives, lift our spirits, and fill our days with joy. And we give thanks to God, who continues to shed his almighty grace upon this magnificent land that we all love so very much,” President Trump said yesterday from the Rose Garden.
“We are truly blessed to be Americans.”
5. The First Thanksgiving Proclamation: George Washington, 1789
THE FIRST THANKSGIVING PROCLAMATION
“Whereas it is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore his protection and favor, and whereas both Houses of Congress have by their joint Committee requested me to recommend to the People of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many signal favors of Almighty God especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness.
“Now therefore I do recommend and assign Thursday the 26th day of November next to be devoted by the People of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being, who is the beneficent Author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be. That we may then all unite in rendering unto him our sincere and humble thanks, for his kind care and protection of the People of this Country previous to their becoming a Nation, for the signal and manifold mercies, and the favorable interpositions of his providence, which we experienced in the course and conclusion of the late war, for the great degree of tranquility, union, and plenty, which we have since enjoyed, for the peaceable and rational manner, in which we have been enabled to establish constitutions of government for our safety and happiness, and particularly the national One now lately instituted, for the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed; and the means we have of acquiring and diffusing useful knowledge; and in general for all the great and various favors which he hath been pleased to confer upon us.
“And also that we may then unite in most humbly offering our prayers and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations and beseech him to pardon our national and other transgressions, to enable us all, whether in public or private stations, to perform our several and relative duties properly and punctually, to render our national government a blessing to all the people, by constantly being a Government of wise, just, and constitutional laws, discreetly and faithfully executed and obeyed, to protect and guide all Sovereigns and Nations (especially such as have shown kindness unto us) and to bless them with good government, peace, and concord. To promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue, and the encrease of science among them and Us, and generally to grant unto all Mankind such a degree of temporal prosperity as he alone knows to be best.
“Given under my hand at the City of New York the third day of October in the year of our Lord 1789.” ~George Washington
6. Time Away from Normal
How can the ancient tradition of Sabbath help you perform better at work and feel energized and much more creative?
The ancient idea of Sabbath – setting aside time for rest and reflection – makes sense in modern times, too, and not just in a religious way. How often do you set aside some time for yourself where you entirely alter your routines? That is what is supposed to happen on the Sabbath, or on a sabbatical, which comes from the same root word.
Sabbaticals are sometimes necessary if we are to stay fresh and creative. As an example, a highly successful businessman took nine weeks off from his job. He called it a sabbatical, and he went to Maine where he designed a barn and took a photography course. When he came back to work, he was filled with new ideas and felt much better equipped to lead.
Now, perhaps you are not in a position to take nine weeks off. But no matter how busy you are, you can build in some time for short sabbaticals, even if they are only two or three days at a time. Get off the main thoroughfare of your life and live in an entirely different way for a while! Walk instead of ride. Plant trees if you work in an office. Take a computer class if you plant trees for a living. You get the idea. Give yourself the opportunity to gain a new perspective, a new understanding.
While the human brain may love the labor-saving devices that habits bring, the brain also needs new input. We want to create new neural pathways. The brain is entirely capable of growing, no matter what our age, and we do that with new experiences. We all deserve a new perspective, every so often, and you will find yourself feeling refreshed, revitalized and renewed. Even if it’s for one hour a day, give it a try.
Your brain will love you for it! ~The Pacific Institute
7. Oregon Historical Society launches new blog!
Oregon Historical Society’s new blog, Dear Oregon: Dispatches from Professional Time Travelers<https://t.e2ma.net/click/jhc66b/r7l5jj/j99i1z>, is a place where staff will share stories about the places and events that have shaped Oregon’s history.
On the blog, OHS staff will share their industry expertise, shed light on the many hidden treasures held in our collections, and provide a growing digital supplement to their ongoing work of preserving our state’s history. Read the full welcome post on the blog.<https://t.e2ma.net/click/jhc66b/r7l5jj/z1aj1z>