Parents and Guardians,
It is with a very heavy heart that I write to inform you of the passing of A.W. Becker School Principal Tricia Carlton. Ms. Carlton fought a valiant fight but has succumbed to her illness.
Ms. Carlton came to the District in 2014. I know that, in her brief time with us, she touched many lives throughout the Becker community, as well as around the district. She was known for her vibrancy and enthusiasm for her work. She was a fully dedicated professional who kept the best interests of our students, parents and staff in mind. She will be deeply missed.
If you observe that your child is having difficulty, we encourage you to discuss his/her thoughts and feelings to help work through any grief or concerns. As school resumes on Monday, grief counselors and trusted adults will also be available to work with your child if he/she is struggling with this loss. If we can provide additional support in any way, please call your child’s school.
Here are some resources to help children through the grieving process both now and in the future:
How to help children deal with death, grief and mourning
Wave Riders provides support groups, camps and activities for Children and Teens for all types of grief and loss
Albany County Department for Children, Youth & Families community services and supports for children and youth, crisis assessment, on-going counseling, and emergency on-call access to Child & Adolescent Mobile Crisis Team
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 24-hour, toll-free, confidential suicide prevention hotline available to anyone in suicidal crisis or emotional distress
Together we remember Ms. Carlton’s time with us, and together we will grieve her loss. Calling hours will be held on Saturday March 4 at Applebee Funeral Home 403 Kenwood Avenue Delmar from 2 to 6 pm.
Robert K. Libby