Life lost and new life begins

This morning I had a message from our principal asking us to be at school for a morning staff meeting (unheard of) at 7:10 (I don't even leave before that) because she needed to tell us something personally.
At first I figured she was leaving, but her voice was sad and who'd do that at 7am?
Then I panicked thinking something happened to a student!
So middle lamb and I got there only a little late
Sad faces and teared streaked cheeks were all over
Our 38 year old assistant principal had suffered a massive heart attack early this morning and died.
Complete shock
No warnings
Two babes at home
Big 6"4' teddy bear of a man
Star Wars freak
Space aficionado
We love you Mr. Danner!
I walked in the classroom still kinda shocked (I still am for that matter)
Middle Lamb heard peeps
In our incubator were 3 chicks
2 days early!

What a sign from God!

We told the kids...
They don't understand
Neither do I
We had our dreary rainy beach day
We watched another chick hatch
We loved on it
We made Darth Vader cards
We read Houdini was...

I just wanted share because frankly, you guys are like my colleagues and get the best and worst of the day to day
I hope your day was blessed
And I am sure many of you had some new life emerging as well!


  1. How unbelievably sad Rachel. I'm so sorry for you loss. {hugs}

  2. I am so sorry for your loss! 38, wow....I'll be praying for your little school community.


    Fun in Room 4B

  3. This is terribly sad. I'm so sorry. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family and to those who knew him.
    ΡΌ Lori
    Teaching With Love and Laughter

  4. I'm really sorry to hear about your assistant principal.

  5. I am so sorry for your loss, Rachel. That is so young. :( I will say a prayer.

    EduKate and Inspire

  6. I am so sorry. We lost our VP one year suddenly. It was so hard for all of us. One thing we did to make her name live on is give an award to a student who had made a positive change during the year in her honor. She lives on still.

  7. So sorry Rachel. Your school will definitely be in my prayers.

  8. I am so sorry for your loss. It is terrible to receive such horrible news. You and your school will be in my prayers.

    KinderKids Fun

  9. I am so very sorry for your loss....I will be praying for that family and for your school family as well.

    4th Grade Frolics

  10. What a sad time for your assistant principal's family, and all of you.

  11. Oh, my. What a horrible shock. So sorry for the loss. Thoughts & prayers with his family, your staff, & students.

    Primary Inspired

  12. My heart goes out to you and your school family. Praying for all of you.

    Third Grade Bookworm

  13. I'm so sorry for your loss. The same (kinda) thing happened to us with our principal today. She called the staff together and announced that she is separating from her husband and will be out the rest of the week to move out. Eek..I hope you have a great week. Stay strong!

  14. So sorry to hear this. Praying for your school family!

  15. I am so sorry for your loss. Our school family is so important. I can't even imagine.

  16. I am so sorry for your loss:( My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  17. I am so sorry to hear this, Rachel. No matter what age you are, something like this is hard to understand. My thoughts and prayers are with your school.

  18. Rachel, I'm so sorry to hear of this awful news. Everyone at your school is in my prayers.

  19. So sorry for your loss. What a sad way to end the year, and such a hard lesson about life for the students. Peace to all of you.


  20. I am so sorry for your sad news! That's terrible! Your chicks are so cute! I hope you and your staff are healing.

    Simple In Second

  21. I'm a little late to read this, but my prayers are with you. It's so hard to lose a co-worker, especially in the middle of the year. We lost a 3rd grade teacher just after Thanksgiving, and it was a very tough time (although she wasn't nearly as young). How neat to add the new life of the chicks on the same day, though!

    Don't Let the Teacher Stay Up Late

  22. My sons' school lost a teacher this year. It's so painful for all.

    My prayers are with your school,
    The Classroom Creative

  23. How very very sad Rachel! I'm so sorry to hear this news.
    Beach Sand and Lesson Plans


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