WHEW!! What a Week!
We have a few teachers who have offered to do laundry for folks. If you have a need for that, please let me know and I’ll put you in touch with one of those teachers.
Our teachers are anxious to see their students on Monday to listen to them, love on them, and help them all work through this tragic event in our community.
Note from Heather Cavner (BES School Counselor)
Many of our families and students have been affected in some way by the flooding that happened this week. When frightening things happen, children often struggle for a while to regain their sense of trust and to return to normal behavior. Your child’s reaction will depend on his or her age, the nature of the event, and how close he or she was to directly experiencing it. Behaviors are your clues to how your child is coping. You might see some of the following common behaviors:
- regression (might wet the bed for the first time in a long time)
- separation anxiety (has difficulty letting you out of sight)
- clinging (needs to be in very close proximity to you)
- sleeping problems (may want to sleep in your room, experiences nightmares)
- acting out (fights for control due to feeling out of control)
You can do a number of things to help your child move through his or her anxiety:
- Follow the routines they know as much as you can or give them a heads up about their schedule for the day.
- Protect your child from media coverage and social media platforms.
- Give special indulgences for a while. If your child wants to sleep in your room maybe allow this on occasion. Leave a night light on, even if they haven’t needed it in years. Give extra hugs. Spend more time together.
- Encourage your child to talk- then listen. Without forcing the conversation or asking too many questions, help your child talk about what happened. It is more important for the child to talk than it is for you to try to reassure him or her with your own perceptions. Using words actually helps children use more of their brain to manage their emotions. Listen more than you talk.
- Acknowledge their fears before you reassure them. After you validate their feelings, you might talk about things that will help them feel safer. Do some problem-solving with them.
- Do your own work. Take care of your fears and emotions. Talk to your friends and family members. Contact me if you need any additional emotional support. Be careful of what you say around your kids. Children hear way more than we know.
- Recognize the good that comes from difficult times. Although none of us would wish terrible events on anyone, we also have to remember that coping well with these events will give us strength to handle other situations for the rest of our lives. We do not build character when life is easy. We build it by meeting life’s challenges. This is true for children as well. Have faith in their ability to cope, recover, grow, and learn.
There is a free app called Help Kids Cope
This provides further information about how to talk with your child about what a flood is and ways to support you and your child’s emotional needs.
Please do not hesitate to let me know if you need any food, cleaning supplies, clothing, assistance with shelter, and any other resources. I will be talking with every class this week to give space for your children to open up about their feelings. Our amazing teachers will continue to provide support to your child. You can contact me if you have any concerns about your child’s emotional needs at firstname.lastname@example.org or 646-3448. I have been amazed by the amount of people that have called saying that they want to help our students and families. We are here for you and your kids.
Monday, August 23
Kinder Camp will still begin at 8:30 am on Monday. Kindergarten teachers made phone calls on Friday so all of Monday’s Kinder Camp parents are aware that their kids are scheduled to come on Monday.
Covid…yes, it’s still a newsletter item
Although masks remain optional, they are strongly recommended so we can stay in person and not have half the class at home for two weeks every time someone in the class tests positive.
We appreciate in advance that you don’t send your child to school with any of the suspected Covid symptoms. This is a very important piece to our “staying face to face learning” puzzle. Communication with the teacher when your child is sick is vitally important!
Lunch Menu Changes
Tuesday, 8/24: Spaghetti or a Brunchable Box or PB&J
Wednesday, 8/25: Pepperoni Pizza or a Fruit & Yogurt Box or PB&J
The rest of the month should be what was on the original menu.