Tuesday, February 5, 2013


     Just a few weeks ago, we were in the busiest time of the year, buzzing around preparing for Christmas.  It is during that time that scientists tell us that the earth experiences the darkest time of the year.  And soon after the darkest time, we experience a time of great light as we welcome the new born King, our Emmanuel, the God who is always with us.


     This year, also during this darkest of times, as a nation, we experienced another kind of darkness, an unspeakable darkness, in the aftermath of the Newtown killings.  Personally, it has been very difficult for me to separate myself from the implications of this tragedy as it involves innocent children.


     I have already assured the parents of CCCS that we are committed to student safety; we have heightened our security and will continue to take measures to ensure student safety.  However, the hardest lesson for me and maybe for all of us has been realizing that there is much over which we have no control.  But we need not despair.  Remember, we are people of the resurrection!  God is still in charge.  In a world of uncertainty and fragility, God still holds everything together.  God never changes; God never waivers from loving us.

     Let this be a new day for all of us.  Let it be a time of re-visioning; a time when we envision and work to build a world of peace.  Join me and my teachers in re-dedicating ourselves to children as we attempt to build a better future for them and in re-dedicating ourselves to a God who is Emmanuel – always with us.  Let us re-dedicate ourselves in memory of those innocent children of Newtown: 

Charlotte Bacon, 6
Daniel Barden, 7
Olivia Engel, 6
Josephine Gay, 7
Ana Marquez-Greene, 6
Dylan Hockley, 6
Madeleine Hsu, 6
Catherine Hubbard, 6
Chase Kowalski, 7
Jesse Lewis, 6
James Mattioli, 6
Grace McDonnell, 7
Emilie Parker, 6
Jack Pinto, 6
Noah Pozner, 6
Caroline Previdi, 6
Jessica Rekos, 6
Avielle Richman, 6
Benjamin Wheeler, 6
Allison N. Wyatt, 6