March 9, 2022
Dear PSD community,
I have wrestled with how best to articulate my thoughts and feelings about the violence in Ukraine. Like you, I am struck by the photos and videos of the horrors of war.
My intention in writing today isn’t to share my political views. Instead, I ask that our PSD community join in solidarity for those who face incredible hardship. Not only are there staff, students, families and community members who know people affected by these unfolding events – some of our students are from countries in and around the center of the crisis. My heart is with you and your family.
Things haven’t been easy these past few years, between our collective global, political and public health challenges. During tough times, I work to ground myself in empathy, dignity and light.
My light, as it were, is this community – our community. I see your kindness and graciousness and am inspired to reciprocate it in spades. Sharing love and treating one another with dignity is core to who we are. Doing this has and will change our world for the better.
If you want to have a conversation with your student about this situation, PSD mental health professionals suggest resources from The National Child Traumatic Stress Network, including this guide for “Talking to Children about War.” Other recommendations include “How to Talk to Your Kids About the Crisis Unfolding in Ukraine” and “Ukraine: 5 ways to talk to your kids about conflict.”
Thank you for your continued partnership. It is my distinct honor to serve as your superintendent.