SCIS Parent Message
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Principal's Message
Sloan Creek Family,

Above all else, nothing is more important than meeting the personal/social needs of all of our kids to ensure that they remain safe and healthy. I recognize the importance of a direct and honest collaboration between school and our students' parents to support that partnership for student safety. It is with a heavy heart that I must inform the Lovejoy parent community that a Willow Springs student chose to end his life this past weekend. This family has a sibling on the Sloan Creek Campus.  We received word that he passed this morning.  I am not releasing any details related to this situation out of respect to the student and to allow the family privacy during this devastating time of loss.
However, we must all be hyper vigilant to pay close attention to all of our kids during this time. Adolescents in particular often struggle with the loss of a peer and as a result, may need additional support from the significant adults in their life. To help support students at Sloan Creek our counselors have prepared designated rooms at school to meet with students and help them in their grieving.  We know from experience that kids who are experiencing moderate to severe anxiety and/or depression are often impacted at moderate to severe levels in response to the passing of a fellow teen. Also, those students among us who have lost friends and/or family members to suicide are often drawn back into the pain and loss that they have previously experienced.
My intent of this communication is to draw all of our attention toward our children to ensure that they are receiving the level of support that they need. Also, please know that we will partner with you concerning any individual needs that you may see in your son or daughter. Please feel free to contact our counselor, Mrs. Smith or myself if you have any specific concerns. If you choose to send us an email that needs immediate attention, please put ACTION REQUIRED in the subject line. If you call and leave a message, please be explicit about the need for action. I am also including parent resources below for you to access if needed.  As a safety net for communication, our superintendent, Ted Moore, is willing and available to assist us as needed. He can always be reached on his cell 972-415-8129; a message is fine but a text message will likely get the quickest response.
As always, feel free to call my cell 24/7

Ray Winkler


Website Resources:
Website ResoAmerican Foundation for Suicide Prevention :
Centers for Disease Control:
National Mental Health Association:
Texas Suicide prevention:
Suicide Prevention Resource Center:

Crisis Contacts:
Mobile Crisis Outreach Team (Collin County)       877-422-5939
Suicide and Crisis Center of North Texas               214-828-1000

GRIEF SUPPORT GROUP  -  1 st Thursday of the month at 7 PM.  1515 N. Greenville Ave. Allen, Texas  - Group Leader Jeanne Girsch (972) 727- 1177.    All ages welcome. 3 rd Thursday of the month  - additional meeting at a local restaurant on the.  For that meeting location contact Dee Liscano at (972) 727-3820.

HEALING MATTERS - Medical Center of Plano (972) 519-1588  Grief support group for adults and children

JOURNEY OF HOPE - 3900 West 15 th St., Suite 306, Plano, Texas  75075 (972) 964-1600 Non-profit grief counseling designed to provide assistance through trained volunteers to children & their families who suffer loss due to the death of a parent, sibling, or friend.

MY GUARDING ANGEL - located in W. Plano Presbyterian Church   2709 Custer Rd. Plano - (972) 596-2415 - Grief Recovery/Peer Support Group for children 4 - 17 yrs. With loss through death, divorce, or abandonment

SUICIDE AND CRISIS CENTER OF NORTH TEXAS - Survivors of Suicide (SOS) grief group for loved ones left behind after a suicide ( ) (214) 828-1000

CAMP CONQUER - (972) 459-9992 - 3 day camp held once a year for children ages 7 - 14 who have recently lost a loved one.  It is free of charge and is held at Collin County Adventure Camp in Anna, Tx.  Applications can be mailed to 417 Oak Bend Suite 170 Lewisville, Tx. 7067 or faxed to 972-459-9911. ( )