We are deeply saddened to share the news of the loss of Carol van Zalingen, a dearly beloved member of our school community. Carol (or "Ms. V.", as she was lovingly nicknamed by our students), our Lower and Middle School dean of student support, died on Tuesday, April 14 just after 4 am in Huntington Memorial Hospital in Pasadena from complications related to COVID–19.
We have created a memorial site for Ms. V. at www.forevermissed.com/carol-vanzalingen/. Please join our community in celebrating our kind, generous friend, teacher, and colleague by sharing your thoughts and tributes to her on this site.
We are hosting online community meetings for students and parents with Dr. Jennifer R. Levin, a traumatic grief specialist in Pasadena. They will be held via Zoom at these times:
- April 14, 2:30-3:30 pm - Lower School students and their parents
- April 14, 3:30-4:30 pm - Middle School students and their parents
- April 14, 5:00-6:00 pm - Upper School students and their parents
Links to access the Zoom meetings are posted in Finalsite and can be found by logging into our Parent Portal at www.westridge.org/grief, which also contains additional grief support resources.
Please reach out to us if your family needs any additional support through this difficult time at Westridge. Our Director of Counseling and Student Support Lisa Carruthers, Psy.D, is available at email@example.com.
At the suggestion of Carol's family, contributions in her honor may be made to Westridge; these gifts will help fund the planned renovations to the Lower and Middle School playground, where a space will be designated to commemorate Carol. If you would like to make a gift, visit www.westridge.org/carolvanzalingen.