4 Blonder Boulevard • Ledyard, Connecticut 06339 • (860) 464-9255 • Fax: (860) 464-8589

December 16, 2012

Dear Parent:

      As we all process the unimaginable tragedy that occurred on Friday, I wanted to share some information regarding our school district’s response to the crisis in Newtown. The entire administrative team met Sunday afternoon to discuss the upcoming week in light of recent events.  We agreed we would share our condolences with the Newtown community; we also discussed our solid security measures and will review them with faculty.
       Most importantly, we agreed to maintain a regular routine at school; a sense of normalcy is important and reassuring.  Each school will have support staff available to counsel children as needed.  Please let your school administrator know if you believe your child may need extra support at school. 
       In dealing with all tragedies, perhaps the best advice we can keep in mind is we need to pay close attention to each other and provide support as needed.  The websites listed below provide some useful information for you in talking with your child.


http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/publications/helping-children-and-adolescents-cope-with-violence-and-disasters-parents/how-parents-can-help.shtml
Helping Children and Adolescents Cope with Violence and Disasters: What Parents Can Do/How Parents Can Help
>From the National Institute of Mental Health

http://www.nctsn.org/nctsn_assets/pdfs/age_related_reactions.pdf
Age-Related Reactions to a Traumatic Event
>From the National Child Traumatic Stress Network

http://www.aacap.org/cs/root/facts_for_families/children_and_the_news
Children and the News
>From American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

http://www.dbsalliance.org/site/PageServer?pagename=education_brochures_coping_unexpected_events
Coping With Unexpected Events: Depression and Trauma
SEE SECTION:  Helping and Talking with Children
>From the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA)

http://www.aacap.org/galleries/default-file/Talking_to_kids_aurora_shooting.pdf
Tips for Talking to Children about the Aurora Shooting
>From American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Should you have questions or concerns about this matter, please contact your school principal.

Mike Graner