Golden Hill Elementary School
To Our Golden Hill Community,
It is the end of a long week at our school. Our hearts still hurt from the tragic news about our first grade student, Delilah. So many of us searched for something we could do, or say, to ease the pain.
As I look back, I am so proud and thankful for the support that our staff gave to each other, to our students, and as much as we could to Delilah’s family. Along with this, we all appreciate the kindness of you – our parents and extended Golden Hill Family. Our PTO has been right there to help us out and offer what they could to Delilah’s family. The Haverhill School District supported Golden Hill with counselors on staff as needed to help our School Counselor, Mr. Rosso. Our sister schools across the district supported us to. All this so we could help our kids, and offer our genuine sympathy and fellowship to Delilah’s family.
Please know that our staff will be attentive to our students as the year progresses. Although the routines and predictable structures of a school day often help kids when this kind of event happens, we never know what may come up as they try to make sense of it.
Thank you to our Golden Hill Community, and thank you to my staff for their service to our children.
Lastly, I will share one little story that tells you a lot about our kids – as I was greeting our students this is a conversation I had with one little boy –
Student: Hey Mr. Michitson, I think we should have the flag at half mast…..you know for Delilah.
Me: That is a great idea, what’s your name?
Me: I’m so glad you said that, what a great idea Gavin, I’m so glad you said that. You’re a great kid Gavin.
Our kids are great.
To Delilah’s family we still send our thoughts and prayers every day, earnestly.
Fun News For The Fourteenth Of November…
Matt Noyes the meteorologist for NECN and NBC Boston, visited Golden Hill School today.
Matt brought the “Weather Warrior” van and students were able to learn how science is connected to every day life, and how some interest in how the world works can lead to a career doing “what you love!”
Also, I enjoyed the YMCA Educator of the Year Dinner – with two nominees from Golden Hill Ms. Atwood and Mrs. Pstragowski.
Great Kids ! Great School! GREAT TEACHERS!
On November 11th, at 11 am, in 1918 – the Armistice was signed to end the Great War. This is often referred to as “11th hour, of the 11th day, of the 11th month.”
On May 13, 1938, Congress made this day a legal holiday – Armistice Day.
Many thought that this war would end all wars – sadly it didn’t and it became known as World War One – as the Second World War would follow. Many soldiers, families, and workers gave to this and other efforts to defend and protect our country. This of course continues today.
On May 26, 1954, Congress established this day – November 11th – as a day to celebrate all veterans, still calling it Armistice Day. In June of that same year it was changed to Veterans’ Day. This is what we now commemorate today. A veteran is anyone who served in the armed services.
To our Veterans, their families and friends, we thank you for your service to our country. This day has a rich history – I shared only a little. Every veteran who is today serving, or has served in the past, is a part of that history of honor and service.
The Golden Hill Community thanks you.