What a beautiful winter day! Since I can no longer see out of my office window, I can only assume that the winter wonderland is still there. Thank you for the feedback that a few of you offered regarding the Shifting Paradigms post. As you may have noticed, I am very excited about the evolving landscape of education and how this will affect the students of Alburnett.
On a more somber note, it is with regret that I write today about the unthinkable tragedy in Newtown last week. Perhaps you have wondered about the lack of public response from the Alburnett school district. Let me assure you that, while it was not public, our response was intentionally focussed on our students and on our staff. Please rest assured that security measures and plans were reviewed once again, and that new resources that were abundantly arriving throughout the first few days of the week were reviewed and considered. While you were not hearing from us in formal statements, we were hard at work doing what we knew we needed to do.
So today I want to share with you what we did not do, because I believe it sheds perspective on our tone and approach this week. As we returned to school this week, we did not spend our energy looking for someone to blame – we wanted our attention on children. We did not scrutinize the public responses of others in the media or in other schools – we were too focussed on making sure we were listening for subtle signs that our children might need to talk. And we did not argue about school safety and gun control – because we already know that security matters and that we live in a world with deep problems that even a practiced crisis plan cannot solve. Instead we were focusing on acts of kindness, being compassionate, being good listeners, and building relationships. The silence on a more public front was intentional, but I felt today warranted a short explanation.
I wish each of you a restful and enjoyable holiday season.