How MILTON Supports Students, Family, and Staff
October 23, 2023 by
After I first heard of the devastating terrorist attacks on Israel earlier this month, I moved through the rest of the day in a daze. In some ways, we still feel like we’re walking in a fog. We’re experiencing emotional peaks and valleys that give us whiplash. While we have been on a roller coaster over the last two weeks, I ground myself in the optimism and hope I see every day in the eyes of our students and in the dedication of my colleagues.
As we returned to campus on the Monday following the attacks, we activated a three pronged response: support for students, for staff, and for our families. In support of our students, we discussed the tragedy in developmentally appropriate ways across divisions. In our typically differentiated style, we met students where they were and had counselors and student support specialists at the ready to step in for both our students and our teachers. In Early Elementary (PK-1st), teachers answered individual questions from students when asked, but didn’t prompt discussion. In Elementary and Middle School (Grades 2-8), in each grade’s tefilah, (prayer service), we explained that due to the war in Israel, we would be adding some special prayers. These included Oseh Shalom, a Prayer for Peace, the Prayer for the State of Israel, and the song Acheinu, which emphasizes unity and hope.