talking to children about violence 2021

Excerpt from Stephen Harrell, Superintendent of Schools email to parents...
With the overwhelming news coverage of yesterday’s tragic events, it is possible that your child might share concerns with you.  You are in a unique position to provide reassurance and calm during a stressful time.  To support your efforts, I am including a one-page document provided by the National Association of School Psychologists.  It provides a brief yet comprehensive list of ways to comfort your child.
Here’s a great resource from the Texas Education Agency in regards to handling managing behaviors at home.

Positive Self-Talk

Today we're talking about... talking to yourself. Be kind to yourself! Using your kind words when we think inside our head is just as important as using kind words when we talk to others. Click on the link below to complete the Flipgrid activity. Remember the Password is CarpenterCats.

Inspirational Poem

"And the people stayed home. And read books, and listened, and rested, and exercised, and made art, and played games, and learned new ways of being, and were still. And listened more deeply. Some meditated, some prayed, some danced. Some met their shadows. And the people began to think differently.

And the people healed. And, in the absence of people living in ignorant, dangerous, mindless, and heartless ways, the earth began to heal.

And when the danger passed, and the people joined together again, they grieved their losses, and made new choices, and dreamed new images, and created new ways to live and heal the earth fully, as they had been healed."

-Kitty O'Meara