From the Principal's Desk

Dear Families and Friends of Erving Elementary School,

I feel that my report should carry a warning, especially for part 2!

Part 1: First off, we received notification that the State Highway Department will commence road resurfacing on Rt. 63 - Northfield Road beginning May 30
th and lasting for 2 weeks.  The section of Rt. 63 includes an area that runs alongside the elementary school.  Please plan for possible delays during drop off and pick up of students.  Bus drop off at the end of the school day may be slightly delayed.

On a similar note, the Town of Erving Highway Department will commence work on resurfacing the parking lot at the school beginning August 7th through August 17th.  This project will impact drop off and pick up for students accessing the Recreation Department Summer Program.  We will be working with the Police, Highway and Recreation Departments to establish a drop off/pick up area located on the grass verge between the parking lot and Rt. 63.  The Recreation Department staff will provide details closer to the time of the project

Part 2:  I wrote some time back about the huge impact social media, television, and to a lesser degree technology has on the development of children.  These vehicles are changing the way our children think and focus.  They provide access for our children to domains that we may not be aware of.  The Internet is certainly helping to spread modern urban myths wider and faster than before.  For example, the following details came from various websites after searching for ‘Slender Man’.  Why Slender Man?  Across schools some children are role-playing this character during recess.  I could be searching for a variety of characters that are represented in the activities children play during their recess.

Stories of the Slender Man commonly feature him stalking, abducting or traumatizing people, particularly children.  He is described as wearing a black suit strikingly similar to the visage of the notorious Men In Black, and as the name suggests, appears very thin and able to stretch his limbs and torso to inhuman lengths in order to induce fear and ensnare his prey. Once his arms are outstretched, his victims are put into something of a hypnotized state, where they are utterly helpless to stop themselves from walking into them.  Whether he absorbs, kills, or merely takes his victims to an undisclosed location or dimension is also unknown as there are never any bodies or evidence left behind in his wake to deduce a definite conclusion.

Although nearly all users understand that the Slender Man is not real, they suspend that disbelief in order to become more engrossed when telling or listening to stories.  This adds a sense of authenticity to Slender Man legend performances and blurs the lines between legend and reality, keeping the creature as an object of legend.  These blurred lines lead children into role-playing activities that may traumatize others.

In an effort to provide a safe, trauma-free environment, we continue to ask students to not participate in role-playing activities that focus on killing, stalking, and behavior that may cause others to feel unsafe.  I ask for your continued cooperation in monitoring and screening the content that is made available to your child.  I appreciate that this may be difficult, especially if we are not readily available while our children access technology and televisions.  There are a number of websites that provide details on how we can activate parental controls to ensure our children can only access appropriate materials all the time.

Please feel free to reach out to me with any questions you may have.

Have a wonderful weekend.


Jim Trill