TOPIC OF THE WEEK!
Hello Rocky Mountain Families,
As you might imagine, we are still struggling with the loss of our beloved teacher Mrs. Lloyd. I want to thank our families and community members for their patience, grace, and support. Our students and staff members have had much needed assistance from our D51 Crisis Team, and we will continue to receive their support. I have included some information below to help you as you help your children heal and cope with their pain. Please let us know if you need additional support. Rocky Mountain is a very special place. We believe every student belongs to every single one of us. We are all in this together and we will continue to support each other through this difficult time.
The following are some suggestions for helping students who experience loss.
• Remember that adults can make a difference helping students when they have problems with death, because most of them have faced the death of loved ones and other significant losses.
• Listen and empathize. Make sure you hear what is said.
• Maintain a sympathetic never-shaming attitude toward the student’s response.
• Respond with authentic feelings. It is acceptable to express sorrow to a child.
• Allow students to cry by giving permission: “Go ahead and cry, it’s all right.” Permission may be necessary, since so many strong feelings are labeled as being publicly unacceptable and some students are taught not to show emotions in public. Extreme responses of grief may mean a student might need personal assistance.
• Remember that ignoring grief will not make it go away. Research shows a relationship between antisocial behavior among adolescents and unresolved grief over the death of a loved one.
• Refer students for help when necessary. At times, normal grief may look like mental illness. When a teacher or parent observes behavior such as unusual swings in emotions, moods, or thoughts that indicate a loss of contact with reality, it is time to refer that student for support and assistance.
• Recognize that grief may last over an extended period of time. When grief is openly expressed, the first six months constitute the most stressful period.
Love those kids,
Topic of the week - Spanish
Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017
4:30PM TO 6:30 PM
Cake Walk, Santa Cookie Toss, Christmas Tree Ring Toss,
Face-Painting, Guess the Candy in the Jar, Crafts, Bean Bag Toss, Ring Toss, Fishing, Ladder Game, Silent Auction, and Santa! We will also be selling, RME shirts and candy bars.
PUNCH CARDS: 4 for $1.00,
30 for $5.00
Early ticket purchase will begin December 4th
Rocky Mountain Elementary
2nd Grade Presents...
Bear-y Merry Holiday
Thursday, December 14, 2017 6:30pm