The links below are some resources for talking to children about trauma, tragedy and disturbing news. Of course, it is your decision about when and if to speak to your children about these types of subjects.
A suggested guide for helping you make these decisions is as follows:
If…Child/family/immediate community directly experiences the trauma/tragedy: Talk about it! Follow developmentally appropriate guidelines. Assure children of safety and care that’s in place. Follow up, stay on it.
If…Child is talking or asking questions about direct or indirect trauma/tragedy: Answer questions. Follow developmentally appropriate guidelines. Assure children of safety & care that’s in place. Follow up, stay on it.
If…No direct experience, child not aware: Take time to consider – age, development, temperament, personal history, cognitive ability, access to emotional support, emotional intelligence, other present stressors, etc. If deciding to expose, follow developmentally appropriate guidelines. Assure children of safety & care that’s in place. Follow up, stay on it.
Some helpful links:
Thank you to all the parents who came! Get comfy, here is a re-cap of most of the stuff we talked about…
The Battle of the District 1 Bands is ON!
Get your sitter lined up, ‘cause on March 4th at the New Time: 4:30-7:30PM EVCS’s Family Band will be going up against 3 other District 1 family Bands for the title, trophy and glory! The event will be held at Bowery Ballroom, 6 Delancey. Tickets $20. 21+. (Proceeds will be split between the participating band’s schools.) Buy Tickets here
The 3 School New Bottle Filling Water Fountain Project took a great leap forward.
On Tuesday of this week the three schools’ building wellness committee met with a CWS parent and former DEP deputy commissioner to discuss water and fountain options. He offered a great deal of insight and information about NYC water quality, talked about potential sources of lead in water and gave clarity to the filtered vs unfiltered discussion. It was a relief to learn that NYC continues to have some of the cleanest municipal water in the world (!) and that the risk of a child getting lead poisoning or even elevated lead in their system from drinking water from any NYC public building is basically nil. The committee agreed that we will adjust our objective and pursue getting unfiltered units installed. Since the DOE and DEP considered filtered units unnecessary and are actually against installing them in schools, our requisite for them was holding us up. Changing the type of station we are trying get here removes a big obstacle to getting them!