President’s Edition: Why I'm Grateful

President’s Edition: Why I'm Grateful

November is an interesting time of the year at BSM. Generally, we are bracing for the approach of winter as daylight recedes. Demanding fall athletic and activity seasons are coming to a close. Twelve weeks of academic endeavors have helped our students grow in many ways, and Mass, prayer, and retreats have all become part of the school year.

At this point in the past few years, I have also come to appreciate November as a time for gratitude with Thanksgiving fast approaching. 

I am grateful to be part of a school that truly believes in a partnered approach to education. Educators, parents, and students all understand that developing the mind, body, and spirit is no easy task. At times, difficult circumstances and passionate conversations occur. After all, we are all deeply invested in the success of our young people. However, time and again we find our way back to the realization that partnership is an important element at Benilde-St. Margaret’s. 

I am grateful for the generosity of our families, alumni, grandparents, and friends that invest in our school acknowledging the importance of a BSM Catholic education in our world. Each morning, I take a minute to look through a small plexiglass window that frames the creation of new learning spaces devoted to the sciences and performing arts. Those critical improvements for our students, a part of our Imagine. Innovate. Inspire. capital campaign, are directly tied to the heart of many of our benefactors. 

I am grateful that each day I have the opportunity to work alongside talented and committed educators. Our professionals devote their lives to the development of our students. To each of them, it is a serious pursuit that demands relationship, patience, collaboration, expertise, and faith. These are the people that shape the experiences for our Red Knights. 

I am grateful that I have the unique opportunity to spend time with our alumni, hearing about their impact in the world. So many have found their personal and professional passions, built important skills, are living faith-filled lives and have shared how BSM played a central role. 

Hopefully, you share in reflecting on your own gratitude as Thanksgiving approaches. After all, being grateful is directly related to our scripture theme, a way to be “the light of the world.”

Adam Ehrmantraut, EdD