Our Response To Tragedy

Our Response to Tragedy
Posted on 12/17/2012


December 17, 2012

Dear Parents / Guardians:

In reflecting on this past Friday’s school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, I wanted to write to you as a School Administrator, parent and friend, to assure you that we truly care about your child(ren).   This emotional event will affect all of us in one way or another.  We are here tolisten to your child(ren) and offer any support that we can to lessen the fears and anxieties of both you and your child(ren). If your child is experiencing anxiety related to this tragedy, please donot hesitate to reach out to us.  Ourguidance department encourages you to listen to your child and offer comfort.  They also recommend that yourchild(ren) do not listen to news commentary or view this tragedy on TV orinternet.

As you know, we are required to practice a variety of security drills during the year.  We workclosely with law enforcement to tighten school security and improve our daily procedures to provide a safe yet comfortable environment for all.   Some of the changes that occur in how we operate may not be noticeable to you or your child(ren).  Other changes may be quite evident and may affect you in delays and inconvenience. Please know that we are looking toward safety and security for all inthis process.

My thanks to parents for their supportive notes and phone calls today.  Supporting each other and working together will help keep us focused on our mission of creating an environment where all students reach their highest level of academic, emotional and social achievement.  All members of the school community will strive to create a safe environment where students demonstrate P.R.I.D.E., and will be able to develop into productive global citizens. 


Patricia A. Gaburo


Norma, Elmer and Olivet Schools

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