Our hearts go out to those precious students, teachers, and staff members who did not return home from school on Friday and those families & friends related to the Newtown community. We extend heartfelt condolences and deepest sympathies to the entire Sandy Hook school community and join them in mourning the children and adults whose lives were lost.
Parents will hold on to children (of all ages) tighter, and you will, with firm resolve, assure them you are a professional who knows what to do when tragedy strikes. Some children might cry and you will dry tears. Some might lash out in anger and you will know that fear is rearing its head another way.
We’ll all need to be sensitive to our own little angels when they arrive on Monday morning. We have no way of knowing how much media coverage they will have been exposed to over the weekend. When students arrive in your classroom, some might be wondering:
*Am I safe?
*Could this happen to me?
*Could this happen here?
*What if someone came to our school?
*Why do things like this happen?
*Am I going to be okay?
There is no lesson plan for that. There is no magic strategy or super app that can look children in the face and assure them that the world will be well again.
You touch hearts everyday.
You will look into their eyes, and they will see in yours that you love them.
You will assure them with your poise and presence that the world is a beautiful place.
You will calm their fears by showing them that Kennedy is a great school filled with wonderful teachers, leaders, parents and students.
You will TEACH. You will do what you are born to do. You will do what you are called to do. You will do what students need you to do.
You touch hearts everyday.
You change lives everyday.
Monday is no different. On Monday, and for all the days that follow, you will prepare lessons, watch for that student who doesn’t quite grasp the point, encourage the student who hesitantly offers an idea, help the shy one make a friend, remind the bossy one to listen more. And you’ll do what no college course ever prepared you to do: you will show that when tragedy strikes, hope lives and goodness can always be found. You will show that we all go on, in spite of fear, or perhaps more importantly, to spite fear. You will be in your classrooms, teaching our children.
Each day, parents entrust their children to us and parents hope that above all, they will be nurtured, safe and loved. Our students are truly blessed to have you in their lives. You act as mothers, fathers, counselors, nurses and providers. You nurture their physical, emotional, and social needs. You take responsibility each day to educate our little Kubbies and develop them as individuals and you are amazing at it!
-Keep yourself calm. Your presence can help your students feel more secure.
-Keep regular routines as normal as possible. Children and adults count on their familiar pattern of everyday life.
-Give children extra comfort and physical affection, like hugs, and please do not hesitate to refer any students to Jaime or Elise for additional support.
-Focus attention on the helpers, like the police, firemen, doctors, nurses, paramedics, and volunteers. It’s reassuring to know there are many caring people who are doing all they can to help others in this world.
Remember Them <–click to read blog post by Krissy Venosdale
“May we always honor the memories of those who lost their lives in this tragedy by never taking for granted what we have in front of us. Treasure your students, support your colleagues, reach out to people who need it, give back.”
Here’s our week at a glance:
Monday, December 17th:
*Faculty Meeting @ 2:30pm to review Emergency Procedures
Tuesday, December 18th:
Winter Choral Concert @ 6:30pm (LMS)
Wednesday, December 19th:
Curriculum Checkpoint/Pinterest Sharing & Making Common Plan
PATS/PREK Tree Decorating Event @ 2:00pm-3:30pm
SLT Meeting @ 3:30pm
Thursday, December 20th:
December Buddy Event
Friday, December 21st:
Spirit Assembly (Generosity) @ 9:00am
POLAR EXPRESS DAY!
12/24-01/06: Winter Break
School Resumes on Monday, January 7th, 2013
(12/29) Happy Birthday Jimmy Kennedy
(01/05) Happy Birthday Elise Lagattuta
(01/06) Happy Birthday Mayra Tellez
“Do your little bit of good where you are;
it’s those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.”