President Katy Prebble sent the following message to Holy Cross families on Thursday, January 7:
Dear Holy Cross Families:
In the coming days we hope and pray that our nation can move past the divisive and false rhetoric that led to yesterday's events and come together to address the true needs of our country.
Mark Schlissel, president of the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor wrote, "What distinguishes our form of government is its inviolable respect for the will of the people, where we conduct elections with integrity, count every vote, commit together to uphold the U.S. Constitution and ensure that democracy always prevails. Today’s violence represents an assault on our liberty and the fundamental values of American democracy. "
Blessed Basil Moreau, founder of the Congregation of the Sisters of the Holy Cross had a firm belief in the enormous potential of human nature. He believed our role as educators was to help our students to be change makers while preparing the world for better times than our own. That goal is more relevant today than ever before.
Since last March our students have faced enormous stress. As we adults struggle to make sense out of yesterday’s events, we know how much more difficult it will be for our students. They need a safe space to have these conversations at home and in the classroom as they struggle to absorb all they have seen and heard. Our School Counselors remain available for our students or if you have questions about how to support your child.
Father Hesburgh, president of the University of Notre Dame from 1952-1987 spoke the following words during the civil rights era more than 50 years ago: "If our lives in education have any meaning or significance, it will be in our reading the signs of the times & in educating the young of our times in the visions and values that will civilize and make for reasonable human progress and lasting peace on earth."
In the wake of the tragic events of yesterday, let us turn to St. André whose Feast Day we celebrated yesterday. St. André was known for his healing miracles. We ask St. André for healing for our nation.
Holy Cross School Counselors have compiled the following resources:
- How to Talk to Your Kids About the Breach at the US Capitol, Motherly
- How to Talk to Kids About Violence, Crime and War, Common Sense Media
- How to Talk to Your Children About the News, KidsHealth
- How to Talk to Children about Difficult News, American Psychological Association
- Talking to Children About Violence: Tips for Parents and Educators, National Association of School Psychologists
- How to Talk to Kids about the Chaos on the Capitol on January 6th, National Geographic
- Changing the Way We Talk to Teens about Events on the News, Psychology today
- How to Talk to Kids about Race, Racism, and Racial violence, Common Sense Media
- Helping Children Cope With Frightening News, Child Mind Institute
- Explaining News to our Kids, Common Sense Media
- How to Talk about Difficult Subjects, Common Sense Media