Dear parents and guardians of children who attend Edgemont Elementary,
My heart is heavy today as I must be the bearer of sad news for our school community. Joyce Acosta, one of our wonderful first-grade teachers, has died after a valiant battle with cancer. Mrs. Acosta was a vibrant, vital part of our school community and we mourn her passing as friends, colleagues and patrons. Her family requested we share the following information with you.
Our mom, Joyce, passed away on Saturday morning, January 18th. Last spring she complained about her stomach hurting. This led to a summer of doctor visits trying to figure out what was wrong. By August, her doctors told her to take a medical leave and she hoped that she could return to teaching sometime during the school year. This past week she experienced complications due to a rare form of cancer and was unable to recover. She missed the children, all of you and teaching.
Her services are scheduled for this Friday evening at Stark’s Funeral 6-8 pm (celebration of life) and Saturday at Saint Vincent de Paul church in Holladay for Rosary at 10 am, visiting 10:30 and funeral mass at 11. There will be an obituary sent out this week.
Thank you for sharing in the joy of teaching with her. She enjoyed Edgemont for so many years!
The Acosta Family
Mrs. Durling, who has been supporting Mrs. Acosta’s class all year, has graciously agreed to stay for the remainder of the year to support these students. Unexpected events like death can be difficult and, like adults, children express emotions by grieving. Yet, children may not demonstrate grief in the same manner. The following information is provided for parents and others who may find themselves in a position of guiding a child through the grieving process. In addition, if the children in your family need extra assistance, counseling supports are available at the school to provide services. Please read the information below and let us know if we can provide additional support to help you and your families.
Signs of Grieving in Children and Adolescents
- Sadness, anxiety, chronic fatigue, anger, denial, shock, confusion, extended depression. Watch for changes in their normal behavioral functioning.
- Inability to sleep, nightmares, loss of appetite, prolonged fear of being alone
- Frequent physical complaints such as stomachaches and headaches
Long-term denial or avoidance of grief is unhealthy for children and may resurface later with more severe problems. Here is a list of things you can do to help a child overcome grief:
- Answer their questions simply and honestly. Only offer details that they can absorb. Don't overload them with information.
- Give them a chance to talk about their fears and validate their feelings. Offer a simple expression of sorrow and take time to listen.
- People are repetitive in their grief. Respond patiently to their uncertainty and concerns. It can take a long time to recover from a loss.
- Children can be physical in their grief. Watch their bodies and look for any changes.
- Some children need to talk about a traumatic experience all the time and others don't want to talk at all. This is normal. While it is important not to force children to talk about their experiences, it is also critical for parents to let them know they are willing and available to listen.
- Giving children choices helps them feel some control when their environment has felt out of control. Choosing food, clothes, what games to play—any appropriate choices—can be helpful.
- Children still need discipline. It helps them feel safe to know their parents won't let them get away with too much and that normal rules still apply.
- Parents will want to establish daily routines as soon as they can. Meals, bedtimes and other regular parts of their day can help children feel comforted and know what to expect.
- Sometimes children react to trauma and stress with anger. They may feel it gives them a sense of control. Adults should be understanding but hold children responsible for their behavior. It is not OK to hurt others and break other home and school rules, even if students are stressed.
- Parents should remember to take good care of themselves, too. This will help them have the energy necessary to take care of their children. Their ability to cope with traumatic events will help their children cope, as well.
No school Friday, January 17th or Monday, January 20th. Enjoy your 4-day weekend Eagles!
Hello Edgemont Families,
Last Wednesday I called and emailed all Edgemont parents inviting everyone to attend an open house/community meeting thisWednesday, January 15th 5-6pm. Our superintendent, Dr. Briscoe, and our district CFO, Leon Wilcox, will share proposals our district administration will be making in the near future to Canyons School District’s school board regarding building a new school and combining Bellview and Edgemont Elementary schools.
I strongly encourage you to attend this Wednesday’s meeting to learn where the new school is proposed to be built, plans for hiring a new principal, timelines and proposals regarding housing during the rebuilding year. District administration plans to propose to bus Edgemont students to Crescent Middle School during the 2021-2022 school year while the new school is being built on site. The proposed plan is for Edgemont to share space at Crescent Middle School with Peruvian Park Elementary as their school will also be rebuilt on site that same year.
Our PTA and School Community Council members will be in attendance and I hope you will attend, too! More details will be shared, and a time has been scheduled for community members to ask questions.
Thank you for your support. I hope to see you inEdgemont’s Activity Room 5-6pm this Wednesday, January 15th.