An open letter from Lovejoy ISD Superintendent Ted Moore dated Dec. 24:

Dear Lovejoy Community:

I love Christmas and the time with family. Please accept my sincere wish for peace and joy during this entire holiday season. As we close out this semester, I feel compelled to speak to the recent shooting and loss of life in Newtown, Connecticut. While this may not be consistent with a Christmas message, I want to leave you with a few thoughts before we return in January.

School Safety

Please know that the safety of your children is the number one priority for every school teacher, principal, administrator, and employee of the Lovejoy ISD. We had a meeting with our Board of Trustees this week and they certainly affirmed that sentiment. We will do everything possible to make our schools as safe and secure as possible and to have procedures in place in the event that our security is breached. To that end, we have routinely contracted with a security firm who has done a security audit as recently as 2010. After that audit, we made some changes based on their recommendations. We are scheduled for another audit early in 2013. The confidential audit findings are shared with our Board of Trustees in closed session as the reasons for the information to remain confidential are obvious. In addition, we are going to provide some opportunities for the community to give us additional feedback regarding recommendations to improve safety and security. The Lovejoy community must ensure that our children feel safe at school and in addition to their perception of safety that they are indeed as safe as possible. In my role as superintendent, I accept my responsible to ensure that you can drop off your kids in the morning and then find them healthy, happy, and educated in the afternoon. As always, I welcome your suggestions on this issue.

Christmas Project for Sandy Hook

I know that some of our children have been concerned about things they have heard on the news about the school shootings. If you are looking for something proactive to do with children to reach out to the kids from the Sandy Hook School, here is a project for you to do with them over the next couple of weeks:

A wonderful idea for schools, families and individuals across the country to show support for students of the Sandy Hook Elementary School when they return to classes after the holidays ...

From the CT PTA: 

"When school resumes for Sandy Hook, it will be in a new building. Parent-volunteers are working to ensure that the students are welcomed back by a winter wonderland with the entire school decorated with as many unique snowflakes as possible. We encourage senders to be as creative as possible, remembering that no two snowflakes are alike. Please make and send snowflakes by January 12, 2013 to the Connecticut PTSA at:

Connecticut PTSA 
60 Connolly Parkway 
Building 12, Suite 103 
Hamden, CT 06514

2013 Tax Year is Coming to a Close

The Foundation folks have reminded me that your charitable contributions must be postmarked by December 31, 2012 for tax purposes. The Foundation's capital campaign is coming to a close this month. Their goal was $100,000 and they are currently at $74,500.

Have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Respectfully,

Ted Moore

Superintendent

Lovejoy ISD

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