Wednesday, December 19, 2012
You can drop off your creations at the school Administration Building starting today through Jan. 9.
The Rochester Community Schools PTA Council is encouraging the community to create paper snowflakes to send to Sandy Hook Elementary School students in the wake of the tragedy at their school. The snowflakes will be collected at the Administration Building and sent to Newtown, Connecticut. "We have received phone calls, emails, and texts from many of you asking how we may be able to support the students and families directly impacted by the recent tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary," wrote PTA Council President Michelle Bueltel in an email to parents. "The National PTA, working in conjunction with the Newton PTA, has asked that families who wish to be of assistance participate in the snowflake project." The snowflakes will be used to …
School social workers will lead the presentation.
Rochester parents are invited to the forum "What Do I Tell My Children When I'm Scared, Too?" to learn about how to cope with emotions in the aftermath of the Newtown school tragedy. School social workers Deb Camphous and Andrew McNeilly will facilitate a video screening and presentation from 7-8:30 p.m. in the Harrison Room of the school Administration Center. The presentation will be designed to help parents cope with their own anxiety while trying to explain tragic events to their children. More about Newtown:
Monday, December 17, 2012
Volunteers took shifts at school entrances, and police stepped up patrols around the schools in the wake of the Newtown school shootings.
Rochester Community Schools responded to the shootings in Newtown, Connecticut, on Monday with heightened security at each building in the district. Interim Superintendent Tresa Zumsteg asked principals in all elementary, middle and high school buildings to lock all exterior doors after students arrived in the morning; either staff members or parent volunteers monitored the front doors of buildings during the day. In addition, the Rochester Police Department and Oakland County Sheriff's Office had extra police patrols around the schools. "I am pleased to report that Rochester Community Schools had a quiet and calm day, with classroom activities proceeding as normal," Zumsteg said in an email to parents on Monday night. The district's …
Friday, December 14, 2012
Leader of Rochester Schools offers tips for parents on talking to children about the school shooting in Connecticut.
In emails to Rochester Community Schools parents today, Superintendent Tresa Zumsteg offered words of advice and comfort for those struggling to make sense of the tragedy at an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut. Here, in its entirety, is Zumsteg's statement: "I know all of you are deeply saddened by the tragic loss of life in the community of Newtown, Connecticut. As a parent, grandparent, or educator there is nothing that shatters our confidence in our ability to keep our children safe more than hearing about what has occurred in Newtown. The thought of someone killing innocent children is simply unbearable for us. Our thoughts and our prayers go out to the families, friends and neighbors of those who were taken from us today." …