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Parent Letter

posted Mar 15, 2013, 1:09 PM by Clara Jerez

Julia R. Masterman Laboratory and Demonstration School 

1699 Spring Garden St. 

Philadelphia, PA 19130 

Dear Parents and Guardians,

It is with great sadness that we inform you of the death of a member of our school community, eighth grader, Andre Shuler who died on March 14, 2013.

A sudden loss like this can have an effect on students. For that reason, we hope that you will listen to your son or daughter as well as discuss with them their feelings and reactions to this tragedy. Sudden death is always painful to understand, and your child may experience signs of stress. These include:

• inability to concentrate

• irritability or increased aggression

• isolation and withdrawal from normal activities and friends

• guilt

• fearfulness and worries

• changes in sleep or appetite

Counselors from the school will be available at the school for several days to talk with students who are experiencing stress. If you have concerns about your child, please call one of the Masterman counselors, Claudia Gard, (215) 299-3640, Heather Marcus, (215) 299-3641 or Gilda Abney at (215) 299-7363.

On behalf of the Masterman community, I am extending our sincere condolences to the family of Andre on this sad occasion. We will continue to inform you of the school's steps in supporting students and their families. Please do not hesitate to call us if you have any questions or information that you would like to share.


Marjorie G. Neff

Clara Jerez,
Mar 15, 2013, 1:09 PM
Clara Jerez,
Mar 15, 2013, 1:09 PM