October 27, 2014


October 25, 2014

School Safety policy & support to your children

Yesterday we received shocking news about gun violence at one of our region’s public schools. Our thoughts and prayers are with those impacted by the shooting at Marysville-Pilchuck High School.

Another act of gun violence so close to home is scary and this news is always difficult to hear, but I want to reassure parents that our school continues to work actively for our children’s safety.  As our school grows into today’s size, it is particularly challenging for our safety crew to recognize the outcomers. Therefore, I am here to plead for your help to reinforce our school uniform policy and visitor policy. By this means, please have your students to wear uniform to school, also when you come to volunteer please do sign in at front desk and wear the volunteer vest at all time. This way can effectively assist the safety crew to distinguish strangers from our community. Besides staff and safety crew, I also sincerely invite you to mindfully look out unusual people or things while you are at school in a way to help our school the safest place for our children. Feeling safe as well as secure in a school community are fundamental to a successful learning environment for children and we can work hand in hand in our commitment to this.
To support your child at home, below, please find excerpted from the American Psychological Association guidance for responding to violent events.

Limit exposure to news coverage
Parents should monitor how much exposure a child has to news reports of traumatic events. Research has shown that some young children believe that the events are reoccurring each time they see a television replay of the news footage.

Talk to your children
Should children learn troubling news, psychologists who work in the area of trauma and recovery advise parents to use these events as an opportunity to talk and listen to their children. It is important, say these psychologists, to be honest. Parents should acknowledge to children that bad things do happen, but also reassure them with the information that many people are working to keep them safe, including their parents, teachers, and local police.

Young children may communicate their fears through play or drawings. Elementary school children will use a combination of play and talking to express themselves. Adolescents are more likely to have the skills to communicate their feelings and fears verbally. Adults should be attentive to a child's concerns, but also try to help the children put their fears into proportion to the real risk. Again, it is important to reassure children that the adults in their lives are doing everything they can to make their environment — school, home and neighborhood — safe for them.

Know the warning signs
Most children are quite resilient and will return to their normal activities and personality relatively quickly, but parents should be alert to any signs of anxiety that might suggest that a child or teenager might need more assistance. Such indicators could be a change in the child's school performance, changes in relationships with peers and teachers, excessive worry, school refusal, sleeplessness, nightmares, headaches or stomachaches, or loss of interest in activities that the child used to enjoy. Also remember that every child will respond to trauma differently. Some will have no ill effects; others may suffer an immediate and acute effect. Still others may not show signs of stress until sometime after the event.

For more information, visit the APA Help Center

Pei-Hwa Lin & Hui-Ting Wang, Vice Principals

Tzu Chi Academy, Seattle

October 9, 2014

10/11 No school

Teachers & volunteers attending teacher professional retreat and 25th Anniversary of US Tzu Chi Foundation in San Dimas, California.

here is the US Tzu Chi website: http://www.us.tzuchi.org/us/en/