Wednesday, August 27, 2014

A New Beginning

Dear Memorial School Families,

Welcome back to a new school year! We are recharged, reenergized and ready to make your child's school experience a positive and productive one. As many of you know, we suffered the loss of a beloved second teacher, Mrs. Suzanne Siegel, this summer. We recognize that both adults and children grieve in many different ways. It is our hope that we meet the needs of all as we start a new beginning.  Supporting teachers so that they are ready to support your children was our main focus before school started. We have found strength in being together and sharing memories. Counselors from the Riverside mental health agency have been a wonderful partner with us, creating an outlet for group and individual discussions about loss.  On the first day of school, all Memorial students will start the day meeting together in the cafe.  We will acknowledge that we are sad Mrs. Siegel has died and that we miss her a lot. We will talk briefly about sharing your feelings in a positive way. Once children return to their classroom, each teacher will provide students will an opportunity to share their thoughts in a smaller setting. Students will be encouraged to share their memories of Mrs. Siegel. These thoughts and pictures will be put together in a Memory Book and shared with her family.  If your child has questions about death and is struggling with his/her feelings, please let Ms. Flaccavento, Mrs. Guttenplan and Ms. Sedovic know so they can assist your family.  You can reach them at 781-270-1721.  Please know, we honor the loss of Mrs. Siegel as we move forward to a new year and new beginning. We value our strong home school connection and wanted to make you aware of these sensitive conversations that your child will be a part of.