While we know that this day, this weekend will be difficult for the entire Newtown community, we want to take a few moments to reflect on the words and ideas that resonate in our school’s core beliefs: respect, empathy, kindness, resilience, and service to our community. Today, as a symbolic move, we are calling for a “Day of Kindness”
Aesop, the ancient Greek storyteller, once said, “No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.” And Although kindness must be something that is practiced every day, today will represent our own commitment, as a high school, that those words need to be visible and need to be experienced by all.
And to share a few examples of how we might demonstrate kindness, I turn it over to one of our seniors, Emma DeFlumeri.
Students and staff – as you go through the day, remember to:
• say thank you when it’s warranted,
• open a door for someone even if they don’t ask you to,
• smile at people whether you know them or not
• treat each other with respect
• forgive others who made you angry
• find ways to do something special for one another.
And now, will everyone please rise and join me for a few moments of silence…
Staff and students, take time today and throughout this weekend to care for yourselves, one another, your family and your friends.
Dear NHS Students, Parents, and Guardians,
As the second anniversary of the Sandy Hook tragedy approaches, some have asked how we will address this significant date. Mrs. Pat Llodra, First Selectman, and Dr. Joseph Erardi, Superintendent, have provided information on the district website indicating the direction we will take in remembering and honoring those who lost their lives in the terrible tragedy.
We will continue to maintain our usual school routines and procedures on December 12th. This will include following our regular bell schedule with no formal assemblies planned. However, as a sign of respect and honor, our moment of silence on Friday, December 12th will be held in memory of those who were lost.
Staff and students will remain focused on our school’s core values: kindness, respect, empathy, resilience, and community service. We will be asking everyone to engage in a “Day of Kindness” on Friday, December 12th to symbolize our hope that these acts become a regular part of who we are and contribute to the healing process.
Counselors will be available for those students that may need support throughout the day. In addition, Newtown Youth and Families Services (NYFS) has informed us that they will have walk-in hours from 10-2 on December 14th. Their phone number is (203) 426 8103 and they are located at 15 Berkshire Road.
The month of December will certainly be a difficult time for many in our school and throughout the entire Newtown community. Please know that we are here to support our students and their families. If there is anything else we can do, please do not hesitate to reach out to us.
Dr. Lorrie Rodrigue