Wildcat News - Special Edition

January 6, 2021

Message from Mr. Kieser and Ms. Montgomery

Hello Wildcat Families,

Recent events in the news have once again highlighted the challenge in talking about potentially stressful and scary events with our children. This can be difficult because often we as adults are still processing the information when our children ask us about it. We would like to share some resources that may be helpful in navigating these conversations:

NPR: What to say to kids when the news is scary

PBS Kids: Helping kids navigate scary news stories

beyondblue.org: Talking about scary stuff in the news

Some common threads in these articles include:

1. Understand we can't "news-proof" the environment-at least some tidbits of scary news events will filter through to our children eventually

2. Help them understand-use age-appropriate language, and think about what details are important for your child to know.

3. Model the response you want to see in your child-how we speak about the people involved, how to communicate opinions and emotions.

4. Provide reassurance-let them know they are safe, while acknowledging their feelings.

5. Don't forget self-care-we are presented with stressors so frequently that we really need to have a way of managing our own stress levels.

As always, please feel free to reach out to your child's teacher, our School Counselor, Mr. Kieser, or Principal Montgomery if you have any questions or need support. Our contact information is listed below.


Principal Montgomery & Mr. Kieser

Kari Montgomery


Gary Kieser, MA, LPC

School Counselor

Westridge Elementary School

503-534-2371, ext. 3932

LOSD Distance Learning Resources

Request to talk to Mr. Kieser

Westridge Elementary

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