Friday, December 14, 2012

Finding hope during tragedy

 Today was a hard day for many families and educators across the country, and this is very true for the staff in the SRC. We were, as I'm sure you were, very shocked and saddened when hearing about the news of the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut. It was unimaginable to think that these things can and do happen, and that innocent children suffer.

Today at school, while we as adults were fighting back tears, our room was filled with laughter, language and learning. Our children are amazing little people, and have grown tremendously in the last few months. While our hearts are heavy for the loss, our children did great work filling us with hope. Our children, still exuberant from our recent gift of the golden tray, are working hard at being good friends. At school, we practice "calm, safe and happy" ways to interact with friends, and it is clear that our students are working hard to do so. They crave interaction from others, and are so proud when their hard work and prosocial behaviors are reinforced.

Each day we work on these things...but today, seeing their fierce efforts, unwavering perseverance and innocent and optimistic attitudes about the world was inspiring. Another of the countless times I can say I have learned from them. Grieving and sadness is natural, but in time, all we can do is move forward and strive to make the world a better place...just like the students in SRC Primary.

I am so proud to be their teacher.

Miss Ashlee

*If you or your family need any additional support during this difficult time, please do not hesitate to contact me, so that I can direct you to wonderful resources *