January 7th, 2021
Dear Parents and Caregivers:
I am writing with an important message for our school community as we process the unfolding of events in Washington, D.C.
An outbreak of riots in the U.S. Capitol yesterday afternoon illuminated divisions in our nation that members of Congress pledged last night to work together to heal. In our own school community, we are prepared to support our students and families during this difficult time as well.
The disturbing images broadcast on TV left many in our school community with feelings of anger, hurt, fear and unrest. Our CMSD educators are prepared with academic lessons and social-emotional resources to assist our students in sorting through those feelings and processing an event that will long be seen as a challenge to our national conscience.
To assist our students and also our families, we have also posted a number of resources on the CMSD website for supporting children and adolescents in understanding both peaceful and violent protests and their effects on our communities. Those resources include activities that parents can do with their children and guidelines for promoting peaceful conflict resolution and ensuring social and emotional health during times of crisis.
I hope you find these resources helpful as we work together to ensure that our students feel safe and supported during this time of heightened anxiety and uncertainty.
Eric S. Gordon
Chief Executive Officer