Sunday, Nov. 18th, 2018
Greetings in Christ!
As we prepare for much anticipated time with families this coming week, I will keep this short and focused on some of our efforts between now and the culmination of the Advent season.
A NOTE FROM MRS. SODERDAHL
Mrs. Soderdahl has asked me to share this information with the larger community. While the information may be hard to process, please know that Mrs. Soderdahl is remaining very positive during this change in "normal" for her and her family. There will be more to come about ways you can help and support the family. Here is a portion of the letter she asked me to share:
Your children may have been coming home the last couple of weeks stating that I have been in and out of the classroom with absences lately. I had experienced some inexplicable abdominal pain a few weeks ago and went to the doctor to get it checked out. Within a week, I had a biopsy done and I have just been recently diagnosed with Breast Cancer. Although, probably like many of you, I was completely taken by surprise by this diagnosis, I want to assure you that I plan to be a stable force within the classroom as long as my health allows me to do so. With that being said, there will be times I will need to have treatments and a substitute teacher will be in the classroom for me.
Every person reacts to treatments differently and I I am not sure how My body will react. I would like to prepare your child in a preschool-friendly way (the same way I will prepare my own young children) about my disease and perhaps personal changes (It is highly likely that my hair will thin and clumps with fall out...so I will be wearing hats/scarfs/etc to school). It is my intention to Alex and the Lemonade Stand to the students on Monday to help explain that I have cancer. It is my hope by doing this I might normalize what is happening and provide the students with a developmentally appropriate way of understanding what is going on.
With that being said, I want you as families to also be able to stay informed. I am blessed to have many people in my life. I have found that retelling my diagnosis story has been exhausting, but I understand and respect the importance of people wanting to know and understand what is going on. So my family has created a Caring Bridge account to keep everyone informed. I intend to keep my focus on the children through all of this, so if you have questions, comments, or concerns about my health - please direct them to the Caring Bridge for information rather than asking me. I have shared the link below for you. https://www.caringbridge.org/visit/rachelsoderdahl
I want to thank all of you in advance for your prayers of support. I am grateful to each of you. Please know that your children are in good hands and will continue to grow and thrive despite this diagnosis. Finally, please remember that cancer is simply what I have, it is not who I am. I am Mrs. Soderdahl - teacher, friend, mom, aunt, sister, and daughter. Let’s move forward together focusing on the who, rather than the what.
Blessings, Mrs. Soderdahl
Please know that we are rallying behind her as a staff. There will be ways for the larger community to help as well. Mrs. Hess is coordinating all of the supports so please feel free to get in touch with her as you are compelled to do so and we will share ways to help as we are able to.
SERVICE ACTIVITES - NOVEMBER
November is our Thanksgiving Basket Collection month (feed the hungry). This is one way our Corporal Works of Mercy comes into practice for our students.
In December we will be adopting a few of our school families (give alms to the poor and drink to the thirsty) for the Christmas season and we will also be praying for corrections officers (pray for the living and comfort the sorrowful).
Some of our classes have also signed up to ring bells at PickN'Save for the Red Kettle Challenge. We are hoping to do our part to help with this effort in the month of December. Permission slips will be sent home for classrooms that are participating.
True peace comes from knowing God is in control. - Anonymous
Have a blessed week!
Mrs. Crystal Blahnik