Over the course of the last year, a number of tragic events occurred in our nation and in the world. Far too many of them involved terrible acts of violence. The targeting of specific groups or individuals based on race, national origin, ethnicity, religion, gender, and sexual orientation has sadly become all too familiar. Against the backdrop of a world exhausted by a pandemic, we are bereft of any easy answers. Fortunately, our school mission and core values serve to unite us in opposition to the rising tide of intolerance and hatred.
Even as these recent events impact our community, we must first recognize how they impact us individually. All too often as adults, we find ourselves thrust into conversations with children who are trying to make sense of things that we are still trying to understand. It is vital that we take the time to process these events first, so that we are prepared to support them. Some children may not want to engage, which is understandable and okay. Balance is a critical touchstone of our community, and it can serve as an instructive and helpful guide in our responses.
While our teachers, counselors, and colleagues are always here for our students, some of these resources may be worthwhile for you in processing these events and helping your children to do the same:
- Resources to Foster Community and Perspective
- How to Talk About Traumatic Events and Tragedies
- What to Say to Kids When the News Is Scary - NPR and child development experts share tips for parents, teachers, and other caregivers to talk to young children about the news.
As always, at Gill St. Bernard's School, we will continue to lead with courage, integrity, respect, compassion, and excellence. I both recognize and appreciate that our families are committed to these important core values. Please know that we are always working to ensure that our school remains safe for everyone in the community, and that we do all we can to support one another in the days and weeks to come. In this way, we may move forward together as we strive to become an even better school and a stronger community.