As the community of Newtown, CT gathered this week to attend or participate in a wide variety of events to support each other and to recognize the lives of many innocent and beautiful souls, I want to join you in expressing our deepest sympathies and condolences.
Their losses are our losses, and they have touched us personally and as a community. There are many people I have talked to this week who have a connection to Newtown. I have been touched by their reflections and their comments about Newtown and its school system. It is a lovely, beautiful and kind community.
As a school community we carried on this week by maintaining a safe, kind, normal and secure environment for our children. This is what our children needed and deserved, this is what we needed and craved as we experienced a wide range of emotion including grief and loss. However, I want to assure you we are doing everything possible to keep our school safe for all.
The district is updating its broadcast system that will send a voice message during any emergency. Fox Hill has a crisis management team who is trained in intervention and response to emergencies. The Burlington Police are prepared to handle violence that could impact our school. All school doors are locked at all times and our cameras allow our main office to see visitors.
On a personal note, I am deeply heartened by our community members’ commitment to looking out for one another, to showing kindness to one another and having the courage to move forward. I have seen this care, kindness and courage displayed throughout the week at Fox Hill School and throughout the nation.
As we enter winter break, it is time to cherish the little things in life, cherish our families and friends and hold them tight. In this new year, hold them even tighter and celebrate their remarkable place in our lives, as we reaffirm our faith and hope in the innate goodness in the world and in others.
Special Thanks to Mark Huddleston, President of University of New Hampshire for his inspiring letter that allowed me to create my letter to the Fox Hill Community.