In response to the events that unfolded Wednesday at the United States Capitol, Penn Charter faculty gathered, via zoom, for Meeting for Worship that evening. 

Wrestling with their own fear, anguish and distress over the violence, teachers found strength in reflecting in silence together.

On Thursday, Lower, Middle and Upper School students gathered for virtual Meetings for Worship in their respective homerooms and advisories. The Wellness Team and school counselors collected resources and were available to support students and faculty. Support for students and gatherings in Meeting for Worship will continue next week.

On Friday at 9:00 a.m., the Parent Community is offering a Parent Meeting for Worship via Zoom. Please see the email from the PC Administrative Team for the link. 

"We utterly deny all outward wars and strife; this is our testimony to the whole world."  -George Fox, founder of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers)

Resources for Teachers 

Talking to Kids about the Events at the Capitol - National Education Association

Ideas for engaging students about the chaos at the Capital - Dr. Dena Simmons

Resources for LS, MS, and US Educators - US Capital 

PEARLS of Wisdom 

When Bad Things Are Happening - Teaching Tolerance

Resources for Teachers on the Days After the Attack on the U.S. Capitol - Beyond the Spotlight

Though the resources below do not specifically address the events at the Capitol building, they do address how to talk with and listen to young people of various ages when faced with trauma, difficult times or violence in the news. You may take the tips and guidelines and apply them to the current situation.  

Resources for Talking with Young Children

Talking to Children about Violence: Tips for Parents and Teachers

How to Talk to Your Child About the News

Helping Children Cope with Frightening News

Helping Children with Tragic Events in the News

Resources for Talking with Middle Grade Children

Talking to Children about Violence: Tips for Parents and Teachers

What to Say to Kids When the News is Scary

Resources for Talking with Teens

Talking to Children About Violence: Tips for Parents and Teachers

Explaining the News to Our Kids

How to Support Your Child's Resilience in a Time of Crisis