Supporting Children Through Crises

As we join the world in experiencing the overwhelming shock and grief associated with Friday’s tragedy, we also address the layers of implications that arise with such a crime – including but not limited to campus security, emergency preparedness, non- violence education, and mental health.

A particularly tragic aspect of an event of this magnitude and of a terroristic nature is the level of anxiety that it generates in all of us, including children of all ages. As such, it is essential that all adults in their lives – parents, teachers, guardians -- work carefully to manage their exposure to media, to answer their questions honestly and briefly, and to reassure them that they will be taken care of in case of an emergency. 

Beginning today, our school counselor is available to support students in processing any of the after effects of this tragedy. The following resources are available to help parents and teachers begin to process the grief associated with this heartbreaking event:

Fred Rogers Company: http://www.fci.org/new-site/par-tragic-events.html

Hello Grief: http://www.hellogrief.org/moving-through-tragedy/

Catholic Charities "Tips for Helping Children Following a Crisis" (attached)

All are invited to write a note of sympathy, condolences, prayers, or send their kind wishes to the many families from Newtown, CT who are members of St. Rose of Lima Church.  The notes and letters can be sent to Msgr. Robert Weiss, St. Rose of Lima Church, 46 Church Hill Road, Newtown, CT.  06470
 
Or you may wish to send notes to the students and families at Sandy Hook Elementary School, 12 Dickerson Drive, Newtown, CT  06482.
 
If you wish to make a donation, in lieu of gifts, the Newtown School Board is requesting that all donations be directed to the Sandy Hook School Support Fund at Newtown.uwwesternct.org 

Checks can be mailed to:  Sandy Hook School Support Fund
c/o Newtown Savings Bank
39 Main St
Newtown, CT  06470

Please do not hesitate to call the school or email Mele Mortonson (m.mortonson@stfinnbarr.org) if you have any further questions, concerns, or ideas.