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A Time of Silence

on December 18, 2012

TCT_Email_Sig_logo2Because All Children Are Our Children: Helping Our Children and Local Community Cope With The Tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School

Dear Parents,

We are all heartbroken by last week’s terrible event in Newtown, CT. We respect the fact that not all families have allowed children to view or hear news about a tragedy, nor have they discussed the disturbing details; as such we will not be discussing it with our students. However, we understand that many parents will be faced with questions, concerns, and fears that need to be addressed. It is important that these issues be dealt with forthrightly, with sensitivity and appropriately. The following resources are provided to help guide those interactions.

Other resources available through

  • Understanding and Responding to the Violence in Children’s Lives by Diane E. Levin
  • Early Childhood Professionals – Partners with Parents Helping Young Children Exposed to Violence by Beverly Roberson Jackson
  • Shelter from the Storm – Using the Classroom to Help Children Cope with Violence by Betsy McAlister Groves and Sally Mazur
  • Power Rangers – An Exposive Topic by Diane E. Levin
  • Supporting Teachers to Create a Culture for Non-Violence by Margie Carter
  • Listening to Understand Violence – The Voices of Youth by Susan Hopkins and Susie Peppers
  • A Message about Violence Prevention from Youth to Early Childhood Teachers by Diane E. Levin and Nancy Carlsson-Page

Additionally, here is material that has been adapted from The Center for Grieving Children and The National Center for Grieving Children & Families

Parents and teachers can use these steps in helping to respond to emergency situations and grieving. This material has been adapted for crises that may or may not directly affect a child, and applies in general to events that are of national or international scope.

Prayers for strength go out to all the people and families affected by this tragedy, you are in our thoughts and our hearts.
CBLC Midtown

*At Cherry Blossom Learning Center we take every precaution possible to ensure the safety of our students, faculty and staff. Every person employed at CBLC is trained in emergency procedures and lock down situations.


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