Very difficult time at Silver Lake Regional High School

This certainly has been a trying time for all of us in the Silver Lake community. I know that everyone joins me in  by keeping  the four students in the accident in our thoughts and prayers.

Last Friday was very difficult, but as you know, we decided to hold the Junior Prom and promenade as scheduled. While the decision was difficult, I remain convinced that it was the right decision. In times of need, it is best to stay together with family and friends. With students being transported to Lombardo’s via coach bus and the tremendous showing of our faculty with over 30 volunteering their time to serve as  chaperones, the prom provided a safe and healthy venue  for 334 of our students. While the prom was clearly, “not the same”, students danced throughout the evening, ate delicious food, had their pictures taken in a photo booth and had formal prom pictures taken as well. In this  time of adversity, I am extremely proud of the way our student body and faculty  responded to each other’s needs.

Back at school on Monday, students and staff rallied to help the families of the students in the accident in a myriad of ways. There has been such an outpouring of support by the students and staff, that I had to assign Mrs. Gill and Mrs. Cranshaw to work with students on their efforts. An email sent to staff by Assistant Principal Gill is as follows; ”

Many of you have been asking what you or your students can do to show your support for the four injured students and their families. The close friends of the families, along with the Class of 2013, have set up bins outside the cafeteria to collect cards & letters, gift cards (for food, coffee and gas), stuffed animals, magazines, slippers, toiletry items, etc. during the lunch waves. The items collected will be divided into gift baskets and delivered to the hospitals as they fill up.

 Additionally … we have buttons bearing the slogan “B.E.A.M. of Hope” that are available to purchase for $2. By now I’m sure you have seen them on several of your students! Absolutely 100% of the proceeds will benefit the families. B.E.A.M is the acronym created by combining the first initial of each of the students injured in the accident: Brendon, Eva, Aliza and Monica. These can be purchased during the lunch waves as well.

 If you would like more information or have any questions please do not hesitate to stop by and see me.  Thank you all for your continued support and compassion with our students during this difficult time. 

 

In addition, St Joseph’s church in Kingston will be holding a non denominational prayer service on Wednesday, April 4 from 6:00PM until 7:00PM. We expect to see a large number of staff and students present.

I am aware of one “care page” that has been set up by Brendon’s family. The link is :

http://www.carepages.com/carepages/Brendons-Journey/updates/3275003?client_code=default&ipc=mur 

I never cease to be amazed by the care, support, and compassion of our students, faculty, staff, families and members of the  community at large. I have received numerous emails from other schools and businesses offering help and support.

Please keep the B.E.A.M. of Hope shining brightly.

 

 

 

This week’s Youth Health Connection Newsletter

http://library.constantcontact.com/download/get/file/1107716625152-57/yhc_th_3292012.pdf

 

 

Term III Report Cards will be issued this Thursday, April 5, 2012

 

 

The College Planning Night for parents and guardians of grade 11 students has been rescheduled to April 25, 2012 at 6:30 PM in the Large Group Room.

 

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