Yesterday, I rethought my plans of what to do with my 180ish babies here at school if something were to happen. I would protect them with all of my might. I am thankful that we have had drills in the past at my school on what to do if this ever occurred, though you never can really know.
Today, it's the last day of school for the semester at my wonderful little middle school. We have very short art classes today (20-30 minutes). All of the portfolios are going or have gone home. My best friend in the world outside of my family, who I hardly ever see due to our families, jobs (she is the head of the archives at the Biltmore Estates), and the like, sent out an email to collect snowflakes to adorn the walls of the new school where the children of Sandy Hook will be attending soon. She gave me the address:
CT STATE PTSA
60 Connolly Parkway
Bldg 12, Suite 103
Hamden CT 06514
It will feel good for my students to know that they are doing something for those precious elementary school children and their families. Each of my students are unique, each of those babies and staff are/were unique, and each snowflake is unique. There is something that ties it all together. There are a few sites that can help you to make a snowflake if you choose to make one yourself. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all of you out there in blog-land. Thank you for letting me ramble.
http://snowflakes.barkleyus.com/ (great site)
http://www.marthastewart.com/276331/how-to-make-paper-snowflakes/@center/307034/christmas-workshop (she is so eerily perfect!)
http://www.zefrank.com/snowflake/ (you can make online snowflakes- not directions for cutting them)