Dear Addison Families,
It is with a heavy heart that I share the news that one of our Addison parents, Essi Makelainen, passed away yesterday. Essi had a rare and aggressive form of cancer that was diagnosed earlier this year. Essi was an amazing spirit and positive energy. I have fond memories of seeing her smiling around campus and offering support whenever needed. She will be missed most by her beautiful, resilient, and brave family, Max, Emilia, Mark (room 11), and Markku.
The family is flying to Helsinki this weekend where there will be a small memorial service with close friends and relatives and will return to Palo Alto on Jan. 14. I have been in close contact with Markku and will reach out again when he returns to explore how our community can offer assistance to the family.
Ms. Cox will be sharing the news of the passing with students in room 11 on Monday. We will have counselors on site in case any students need support.