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Posted March 23, 2021
Dear McKinley-Thatcher Families:
Once again, tragedy has struck Colorado, and we want to do everything we can to help our students, staff, and families process these events. The McKinley-Thatcher staff mourn the loss of the victims who were killed in the supermarket shooting yesterday, Monday, March 22 in Boulder. Our hearts go out to the victims and their families. We also recognize the trauma that this may cause to our community, because such an act of violence impacts us all.
What do we say to our children when terrible things happen? As adults, we need to answer our children’s questions honestly, but at a developmentally appropriate level. It is also okay to admit that we do not have all the answers. Children may also need physical comfort along with words of reassurance.
Families may notice their children acting out or making up stories to express their emotions. Children may also want to create art or spend time in meaningful, connected activities with their family and peers. Others will need affirmation that their feelings are normal and that things will be okay. Reassure your child and answer their questions, and stick to your normal activities and schedules to help maintain your routine. This may be an opportunity to discuss the family’s emergency disaster plan, or create one. And, above all, we urge you to protect your children from too much exposure to the news.
We have gathered some resources for families and school staff; you’ll find them linked below. Please take care of yourselves and your loved ones. We are here for you if you need support or if you have any questions.
Sonia Geerdes, Principal
Amy Menezes, School Psychologist
Raj Wijewardane, School Psychologist Intern