Letter from the Head of School

The below message was sent to Breck Families on January 6 at 6:45pm.

Dear Breck Families,

Like many of you, I have been watching the news of what has happened in Washington, D.C. today. I reach out to you in the spirit of coming together as a community to support our children as they hear about and process yet another disturbing and violent current event. At times such as this, we rest on our shared values, our mission, and our collective care for our children. 

We expect that most of our students will, at the very least, be aware of today’s storming of our country’s Capitol building. Many of our students, especially our older students, may also have strong emotional responses. As a school community, we are focused on our students’ needs and their learning. Our division directors, deans, counselors, and chaplains are working with our faculty in preparation for the range of questions and feelings that may arise from our children tomorrow and as this situation unfolds. 

We also want to be helpful to you in ways that we can as you engage in these conversations with your children at home. As your children’s first and most important teachers, we want to partner with you to support them. Below you will find links to articles that may prove helpful as well as a link to sign up for one of our counselors or chaplains to contact you. As an Episcopal school we strive for justice and peace and respect the dignity of every human being. The strength of our community is a source of comfort amidst the most trying times. 

We invite you to reach out to our counselors, chaplains, program directors, or division directors for further support or to answer questions. We are grateful for your trust and collaboration. 

Warmly,

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