My principal called this afternoon to let me know one of my students drowned yesterday. I am still in shock! We have only been in school 7 days, but I already was attached to her. She was a sweetheart. She was living with her grandmother who was trying her best to raise her the right way and make her feel loved. We have contacted the parents of the other students in my room to give them a chance to prepare their child. We have a grief counselor coming tomorrow to do an activity with my class. I was just wondering if any of you have had this happen and have any advice on how to deal with this in my class. They are 1st graders. I feel like most of them will just be upset about death in general or scared that someone they are close to will die. It really changes my outlook on this school year and puts things in perspective. I hope that every child in my room knows already how much I love and care for them. Those problem children don't seem like such a problem right now.