Before dismissing for Thanksgiving break, our community came together to share in a celebratory meal and give thanks for what we have built here at BASIS Independent Manhattan. Parents, grandparents and loved ones joined the students and staff for our Thanksgiving potlucks that ran throughout the day.

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In addition to the traditional Thanksgiving fare of turkey, mashed potatoes and freshly baked cornbread our families shared their culinary heritage with each other. Our Kindergarten class tables had an Indian-flare with platters of vegetable korma and naan bread. In 1st and 2nd grade, the buffet featured sushi and miso soup while the 3rd and 4th graders scooped up Puerto Rican rice with pigeon peas and sausage. Fifth and 6th graders enjoyed homemade pan-fried noodles. It was a beautiful showcase of the diversity in our community. A quick question posed to the students: “What was your favorite part of the Thanksgiving potlucks?” Everyone agreed…eating!

Being Thankful
We overheard two parents talking to hear one say, “Wow, everyone really turned out in full force.” “That’s what it is all about isn’t it?” This has proven to be true with the BASIS Independent Manhattan community. Whenever there is an event or families are invited to the school, they show up. That is something to be thankful for and we are counting our blessings this holiday for our dedicated staff, stupportive families and the students who bring us joy.

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