Dear Parents,

Yesterday as we were busy attending to the academic and emotional needs of our students, or our daily routines at home and work,  a tumultuous event was occurring in our nation's Capitol, that many are considering an attack on our country's democracy.

Like 9/11, we will all recall where we were when we learned of this, and its effects will play out in many different ways for us. Just as with that terrorist attack many years ago, the constant replaying of events on television and social media, as viewed by children, may cause them to believe that the episodes continue to happen. They may be confused or frightened that they themselves, their friends, or their loved ones could be at risk. Not all will talk about their feelings but may show concern in other ways. Our children look to us, as adults, to let them talk and help them make sense of such events, and above all reassure them that they are safe.  

As educators and parents, our ability to use such traumatic events as teachable moments is more important than ever. The National Association of School Psychologists has a great article that you may find helpful as a parent in processing this with your child(ren) at home.

Talking about violence – tips for parents and teachers

Whether it is the events of yesterday or other acts of protest that have gone awry, we need to let our children know that violence is never the answer. We have programs here at school like PBIS, the Civility Project, and Character Strong that teach non-violent interventions and strategies to bridge our differences and collectively come to peaceful resolutions. How we treat others also matters!   

We are blessed to live in a democracy where we have so many freedoms, including the one to vote and have a voice in our government. If we can be of any assistance to you or your family as you process the impacts of this historical event, please know we are here for you. 

Patti Vickman, Superintendent

Posted by jmeacham On 08 January, 2021 at 6:35 AM