You may not want to read this.

October 17, 2016

Dear Friends,

You may not want to read this.  I know you are done.  Finished.  Over.  But in case you are wondering and haven’t found a good answer to the problem, I don’t want to leave you hanging.

On Friday morning at All School, grandparent Martha, who used to teach wellness and sex education at The Putney School, asked me what I was doing to support kids trying to make sense of the Republican presidential candidate’s latest transgression; children would clearly have questions about what he did, if they heard about it.  She suggested a dialogue with Uppers about consent.  I thought to myself, we do that work every year in our Body Ed curriculum, but that’s not happening yet.  We are only in our first six weeks of school!  So, I brought it to the teachers and we agreed that we should give parents some helpful resources. We also agreed that we would put a question box in Uppers where students could put their worries or concerns regarding the election.  Of course, there’s lots for kids to be concerned about.  The sexual assault issue, the unbridled racism, the uptick in bullying nationally.  On Wednesday, Dave Cole our school counselor and Jenn Cusworth, Uppers Teacher, will offer a voluntary lunch conversation to 6-8th grade students where they can talk about their concerns in a supportive and structured setting.

So, if you are looking for ways to talk to your children at home, here are a few resources:

MIchelle Obama’s empowering speech

Sorry to be a downer, but I want to make sure you are not alone with your own parent worries.  This stuff is hard and so upsetting.  We need to take care of each other and make sure our children have the answers they need.

With my best,


Charlie Spencer, Head of School
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Phone: 413-773-1700
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