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Events & Announcements

Response to Parkland, Florida Violence

Posted on: February 15th, 2018

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!

Posted on: February 14th, 2018

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!

Posted on: February 8th, 2018

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!

 

Plantathon This Saturday!

Posted on: January 31st, 2018

Swan School dives in to planting trees for salmon restoration this Saturday- the whole school community joins in to get muddy, get active, and support our local ecosystem!

Spring Art Class!

Posted on: January 29th, 2018

Swan is on Air!

Posted on: January 16th, 2018

KPTZ’s Chris Bricker making a radio “show” with Kenenisa, Mateo, Roxie, Zadie & Terry!
Tues,1/16 at 9:30 a.m.~ tune into 91.9 KPTZ for a brief conversation with Swan kids. Entertaining & just the first of many. There is a movement afoot to have Swan students on-air to read stories, sing songs, play music and to ask those sorts of thought-provoking questions that only children can ask!

Plantathon- Cards and Planting!

Posted on: January 10th, 2018

Swan School is all about plantathon again this year- an annual tree planting to restore salmon habitat on the Olympic Peninsula. This year we are planting along Tarboo Creek as a part of a larger effort to bring back wild salmon. This year, 200 students and family members from five school on the Olympic Peninsula, WA are planting 3,000 native trees along a newly restored stream. The growing forest will shade the stream and benefit fish and wildlife in perpetuity.

You can purchase cards to support Swan School and plantathon for $5 in the office (see the left sidebar for the beautiful cover), and make sure to mark your calendars if you would like to join us for the big planting on February 3rd!

 

Photos from last year’s planting:

January Extended Programs and Calendar

Posted on: January 1st, 2018

Book Exchange and Looking to 2018

Posted on: December 20th, 2017

Lisa opens her book at morning meeting!

As is tradition, on the last day of each calendar year all Swan students bring a book for another student and we share with one another our love of reading. This is always a sweet way to close out the year!

We have intersession break until January 8th, when we dive right back in to things! See you soon.

Learner Exhibition

Posted on: December 5th, 2017

Sam presenting his project on Harriet Tubman at last year’s Learner Exhibition

This is an exciting week at school with our first Learner Exhibition of the year coming up on Thursday evening, December 10th. All students have been working diligently on our Social Studies topic, “How People Help Each Other.”

This is a dynamic, open house type of evening and we encourage you to invite family and friends to join us in visiting all of the class presentations:

  • Discoverers: How families help each other
  • Explorers:  Community Helpers
  • Navigators and Adventurers: People and organizations that help with poverty, homelessness, natural disasters, rescue.

Come on down for an enlightening evening!

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