Our Thoughts and Prayers are With Newton
Friday started with all the usual anticipation of the last day of school before winter break. Thoughts of a two week break and last day activities were on all our minds. During first period we learned of the tragedy that took place at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. We talked with teachers informing them of the tragedy, knowing that the news would be on the minds of just about everyone by the end of the school day.
The news of what had happened in Newton made my heart hurt for all of those involved, and for the fact that the wonderful innocence of grade school would be negatively impacted. After watching the memorial service, and listening to the words of President Obama, I can’t help but think of the lost lives and yet at the same time the heroic actions of the Sandy Hook School staff. This event fills me with great sadness, but also with pride and admiration. Pride in the fact that all educators work in a profession that at its core, values life and seeks to provide a positive future for all, and admiration for the ultimate sacrifice demonstrated by members of the Sandy Hook staff.
Since we will not be in school until January 2, I wanted to share with you some information about supporting your child in the coming days. This includes limiting your child’s access to media about the event. The information comes from Donna Schuurman, EdD, FT – Executive Director, . Please follow the link below for more information.
Link to Dougy Center Grief Resources
I send to each of you my deepest hope that we all have a peaceful winter break. I look forward to welcoming you and your children back to school in January.