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Greetings from Gail

December 21, 2012

This is a very difficult time for our country as we mourn the senseless deaths of the beautiful children of Sandy Hook Elementary School. We all have broken hearts for the educators, students, and families. We struggle to find words to express our emotions and explain how this could have happened.

Each family will have different views and ways to talk to their child/children or may decide to not talk to their children about the event. We respect all parents' views. There is no right answer.

At Samuel Morey we prepared for Monday by holding a meeting with staff with Robert Bryant, a counselor from Second Growth and Brenda Needham, Rivendell Superintendent. Robert Bryant explained to staff the need to "stay in the present" when talking to children at school and to reassure them that they are in a safe place. We were prepared to answer questions from children if asked and had people ready to talk to individual students if they needed to talk more about it or if it triggered sad memories for them. We emphasized the need for following school routines for our students, as this is the best way to help them.

All in all the school was very quiet and calm this week. We continue to monitor students and to reassure them that they are safe when they need that reassurance. As a school system we will be meeting to review our crisis and safety procedures. If you would like to stop in and talk to me, I would welcome the conversation.

Holiday Message

During the holiday season, I have been reflecting on Samuel Morey. I remain in awe of the supportive community, the kindness of our students, the support from our parents and family members, and the dedication of our staff. Truly, serving as the principal of this fine school is one of the best gifts I have ever received. I wish each of you a joyous holiday season with your loved ones!