A Message from the Head of School

November 1, 2018

Dear Members of the Tatnall Community:

Over the past weeks, we have witnessed threats of violence against prominent political figures across the country and the deaths of innocent fellow citizens simply shopping at a Kroger supermarket or worshiping at the Tree of Life Synagogue in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood of Pittsburgh. Such acts of violence are abhorrent to a citizenry dedicated to the basic civil and human rights necessary for a pluralistic democracy such as ours to thrive. As a community, we extend our support and deepest sympathies to all those impacted by these senseless acts of violence.

Please know that every member of the faculty and staff at Tatnall is committed to advancing an environment in our school where respect, inclusion, and compassion inform how we act, what we say, and what we expect of our students and staff. We take seriously our commitment to “. . . build character, and create community -- one student at a time.” At Tatnall, we are steadfast in “. . . supporting, respecting, and fostering a diverse school community by acknowledging, sharing, and celebrating each person’s gifts.” And, as always, we “. . . support equity and justice to become a model of inclusiveness.”

As our nation, community, friends, and colleagues process recent events, our goal is to provide whatever support we can to our students, employees, and families. Below, please review several resources available that can help you talk with your children if they have questions or concerns in the coming days. Here at school, Fran Henkel, school counselor, is available as needed. As always, feel free to reach out to your home room teachers and advisors with any questions or simply the opportunity to talk about recent events.

While each of us reacts differently to the events of the past week and regardless of our political, religious, or social background, the Tatnall community stands together in support of all those impacted by this tragedy.

Sincerely,

Christopher Tompkins            Fran Henkel                       Marc Scott
Head of School School  Counselor Director of Equity and Inclusion
 
 


Parent Resources
 
Listed below are resources for parents to use related to a variety of topics. We encourage parents to contact Fran Henkel, Tatnall’s School Counselor, for additional resources and assistance.
 
TALKING TO CHILDREN AFTER A CRISIS
 

 
ANXIETY IN CHILDREN K-5
 

 
DISCRIMINATION AND BIAS
 

 
SCHOOL SAFETY AND VIOLENCE
The National Association of School Psychologists (NASP)
American Psychological Association
The National Child Traumatic Stress Network
American School Counselor Association
Scholastic: Resources for Responding to Violence and Tragedy
PBS
 

 
BULLYING
Bullying.gov
Olweus Program