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Swan School builds strong learners in an environment of academic excellence aligned with creativity and personal expression. We develop wise and compassionate leaders as an investment in everyone’s future.

About Swan School

We are located in a quiet residential neighborhood in Port Townsend, Washington, on school-owned grounds that include five classrooms, an ever-growing library, and a large grassy and wooded playground.

You will find this is a very special place for children and their parents. Our community offers a diverse program focusing on the talents and needs of your child. The holistic focus is both our heritage and our strength, which has been evolving since Swan School began in 1983.

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Response to Parkland, Florida Violence

Dear Swan Community,

Once again our country is left with an unthinkable criminal act of violence. As adults it is so very difficult to fathom, understand, or even accept the reality of such madness. As parents we are shaken even deeper and wonder how this could ever happen. We also worry about what our children are thinking and feeling, and how we can help them make sense of such a terrible act when we don’t even understand it ourselves.

One of the most distressing impacts such events can have on children is to create a sense of worry or dread that they or the people they love are not safe. As you think about the time you and your child spend during the days after a tragic incident, monitor and limit TV and computer screen time since images and information about the tragedy can be prevalent. It is also important to be open to conversations with your child if they ask questions. Open, honest, calming information from trusted adults is a good thing. It is important to reassure children that they are safe and that the adults in their lives care about them a great deal both at home and at school.

Robert Evans, a well respected child psychologist who I have previously recommended, has five guidelines for talking about tragedies with children. They include:

  1. Don’t over-assume what the tragedy means to children, sometimes we as adults are more affected than our children.
  2. Most young people do not benefit from extensive, probing adult-led questioning about their reactions but rather simple, direct information from adults listening and responding to their questions.
  3. Often a question is spurred not only by curiosity but also by a feeling. We may be more helpful if we learn what motivates the question before answering. This is particularly true if the question is a difficult one.
  4. There may be questions we cannot answer and it’s okay to say, “I don’t know,” or, “I’ll try to find out.”
  5. During times of tragedy, even if everyone feels deeply upset, your presence–your simply being with them, their knowing that you are available–will be reassuring.

A webpage outlining his advice can be found at: http://www.thirteen.org/edonline/coping.html . I encourage you to look it over; I have found it to be helpful in the past. Another resource for parents looking to provide their children with a sense of safety and comfort comes from Fred Rogers (Mr. Rogers) and can be found at http://www.fredrogers.org/parents/special-challenges/tragic-events.php .

There are a number of other resources available as well that outline how to help our children make sense of tragic and violent events such as the shooting in Parkland, Florida. While their suggestions all vary slightly, all agree that different aged children need different approaches.

Additional resources I recommend and that you may wish to read include:

I hope that these suggestions and resources are helpful and I also hope that you never have to refer to this information again. Let’s keep the victims and the survivors in our thoughts and find ways to do something to help avert any similar event from happening again.

Russ

All School Concert!

Thursday, Feb 15th at First Baptist Church in Port Townsend at 5:30pm. Come see our students shine at our All School Concert!

Plantathon Success!

We raised $6,854 and planted 4,300 trees at Plantathon this year! Thank you all for selling cards, buying cards, and, most importantly, planting trees!

 

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