By now I'm sure that most of you have heard about the events which occurred yesterday at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newton, Connecticut. I'm sure that like most of us, your minds are racing with all kinds of questions on a variety of social, political, religious, and possibly even economic topics which are related to the events of yesterday. Having such questions, having emotional reactions, are natural and you should not be discouraged from having them.
My purpose in writing to you today is to let each and everyone of you know that I love you. I value each of you as a special gift that God gave to this world and that has been entrusted into my educational care for a brief period of your life. I may not always be happy with your performance in class, your less than stellar behavior, or the fact that you sometimes don't realize your own potential for life. However, I will always love you. Even if I get aggravated at times, I will always love you and I pray daily for you to obtain the best that life has to offer.
While you are under my care and watchful eye, this love for you compels me to unquestionablly seek your protection from harm. I will do my best to make sure that while you are in school, especially within my classroom, that you are safe. And if need be, I would even put myself in harm's way to help save you ... each of you.
So even while you think of yesterday's events, while you see the images, while you express your emotions, know that you will be as safe as I can possibly make you while you are in my care.
Also ... do your homework this weekend <wink>. After all, APHuG has the multiple choice portion of their Unit Three Test (Cultural Geography) and APUSH has the essay portion of their Unit Six Test (Civil War and Reconstruction).
See you Monday!!