Today at school our teachers, Julietta Skoog, and I shared the news that his death was imminent with Madeline's classmates and with our 3rd through 5th graders. We shared ideas of how they might process this by themselves, with other students, with their families, or with a trusted staff member. Your children were respectful, thoughtful, and insightful. I am so proud of them and so proud to work with a staff and community that helps mold young people's lives. The picture above is from the front and back covers of notes that Mr. Bailey's class wrote to Mr. Jeffrey today. Heartbreaking in their honesty and caring for one of their teachers. I wish I could share all of them with you.
I have included some resources below for you to talk with your children about this sad event if you choose to.
National Institute of Health: http://www.cc.nih.gov/ccc/patient_education/pepubs/childeath.pdf
Fred Rogers: http://www.fredrogers.org/parents/special-challenges/death.php
Thank you all for the support, care, and love that you bring to us every day.