October 29, 2018
Good Morning Highlands Families,
As your children return to school today, they may have questions and concerns stemming from the tragic event that occurred this weekend at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Squirrel Hill. During this time of tragedy, we as a district would like to serve as a source of comfort and hope for our community and city. Our thoughts, prayers, and condolences go out to all of those impacted by this horrific act.
If your child would like to speak with one of our school counselors about this event, please encourage them to do so. The district wants to serve as a support during this difficult time. Additionally, we want to provide you with resources to help you talk with your child. Below are several tip sheets from the National Child Traumatic Stress Network that may be helpful for you and your family:
This has been a trying time for the Highlands community as we continue to grieve the loss of our high school senior, and now, many may be grieving the loss of loved ones from this tragic event. Please continue to stand together as a community and strive to cultivate empathy and compassion for those who are hurting. After the tragedy that occurred this weekend, we will intensify our efforts to ensure that each and every child feels safe and knows that they can speak with a trusted adult in our school district.
Please do not hesitate to reach out to your child’s school counselor, teacher, or principal if you believe your child needs support. We are here for your children, and we will support each other through this difficult time.
Dr. Monique Mawhinney
Highlands School District