Dear Memorial Families:
We wanted to take a moment to reach out and check in with everyone. We are in a time of uncertainty and change. Right now, take the time to embrace this quality time with your children, love them, hug them, and reassure them that everything will be ok! They learn from our example, so show them how strong you are during these times, and what it means to have these special moments with each other.
Our children are just as scared as we are right now. They not only hear everything that is going on around them, but they can sense fear, tension, and anxiety. We are all in this together as a community, and we have never experienced anything like this before. Over the upcoming weeks you may even see behavior issues with your children. Whether it is anxiety, fear, anger, or even defiance that they can’t do things they normally have done. This is normal under these circumstances. What they need is to feel comforted and loved by you, and to know that things will be okay. Play outside and go for long walks. Bake cookies, make puzzles, play board games, color, and watch movies. Do a science experiment together or find virtual field trips to the zoo or the museum of science. Start a book or journal together as a family, or simply snuggle and do nothing!
Your child’s classroom teacher is reaching out to you with resources and ideas for things to do at home. Don’t pick fights with your child because they do not want to do math, spelling words, or write sentences. If your “daily schedule” is not quiet working, or your “mandated” home learning time is stressing everyone out, take a step back, we are all in the same boat trying to figure things out. The resources and ideas that are being sent home is not being graded, it is simply to support you as parents to keep your child motivated.
In the end, your child’s mental health is more important. How they feel during this time will stay with them long after the memory of what they did during those weeks at home is long gone. Here are a few helpful links to support the mental health and well-being for families:
Stay Safe and Healthy and continue to reach out with any questions,
Michelle Atter, Principal Thomas Paine, Guidance Counselor