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A Message from Superintendent Stenvik

Dear Columbia Heights Public Schools Community, 

Our country experienced an attack on our democracy yesterday at the United States Capitol. As a school community, we denounce violence and the unlawful interference with our Nation’s congressional processes. We know it is sometimes difficult to find the words to talk with children about these events. 

Below are some suggestions for talking to your children about the violence that occurred. 

Responding to Children’s Emotional Needs During Times of Crisis (American Academy of Pediatrics)

Talking to Children About Violence: Tips for Parents and Teachers (National Association of School Psychologists) 

This is a time for us to stand together. Public education is integral to the foundation of a strong democracy. As a school community, we reaffirm our commitment to educating our students through our core values of Community, Excellence, Collaboration, Integrity, Respect, Courage and Innovation, and our mission of “All Belong, All Succeed.”

Be well and be safe,

Zena Stenvik, Superintendent
Columbia Heights Public Schools