Dear Purple Sage Community,
I wanted to let you know how proud I was of our students this month when we celebrated Patriot Day. We gathered as a school around the flagpole and I was going to do my best to explain to students the significance of September 11, 2001. After an unsuccessful search for age appropriate readings online, I decided to just tell them how it was. On that horrible day in U.S. history a group of evil people killed and injured thousands of Americans. I explained that they did this because they were jealous of all that we had in the United States and that they wanted to take those things away from us. A funny thing happened though, they underestimated our resiliency and strength and we grew even stronger as a Nation. I explained to students that in their lives they will encounter many mean and bad people who will try to hurt them, physically or emotionally, or take things away from them. These people will do this for some of the same reasons, most likely jealousy, ignorance or misunderstanding. I asked students to remember that how they respond to these people will set the tone and that by displaying the same resiliency as America did on September 11th, they will be able to press on and succeed in life. Students listened intently and took everything seriously and to heart. After speaking to them we raised the flag, lowered it to half-staff and had a moment of silence. Following that, we all said the pledge together and then returned to class in silence. Thank you for imparting these values to your children and for helping to make this such a special school and community.