'Ms. D' Remembered At P.H.S. Football Game Sept. 11th, 2020

While the Country and the community remembered Patriot Day on Friday, Sept. 11th, 2020, the Potosi R-3 School and community remembered Ms. AshLee DeMarinis at the P.H.S. football game at Trojan Field.

The community was asked to wear red to show their support for AshLee, who was a John A. Evans Middle School teacher. 'Ms. D' was well liked and involved not only in R-3 but also in the community as well. She helped with St. James Catholic Church youth education program and was a sponsor for cheer as well.

She lost her battle with the coronavirus on Labor Day weekend and her passing was quickly shared around the community as so many had been hoping and praying for her recovery. She had been on many prayer lists at churches and in the thoughts of many people.

AshLee DeMarinis' birthday is September 11th. Another celebration of her life and her memory to be honored at the home football game by the Trojans.

The Trojans host the Fredericktown Blackcats with the game starting at 7 p.m. at Trojan Field. Patriot Day and Ms. D are to be honored prior to the game

Potosi R-3 School District - John Evans Teacher DeMarinis Lost Battle With COVID-19

R-3 School District Superintendent Alex McCaul released a public statement on Monday, September 7th, 2020 that read:

Dear Potosi R-3 School District Community:

It is with deep regret and sadness that I inform you about a recent loss to our school community. Our district has been informed that one of our beloved teachers, Ms. AshLee DeMarinis, has passed away. Ms. DeMarinis was a wonderful teacher loved by students, staff and members of our community. Her commitment and passion for her students and community to succeed should be an inspiration to all of us. Ms DeMarinis touched many lives as an educator and will be missed dearly by our community.

This loss is sure to raise many emotions, concerns and questions for our entire school, especially our students. Our district has a Crisis Intervention Team made up of a professionals trained to help with the needs of students, parents, and school personnel at difficult times such as this. John Evans Middle School and Potosi High School will have counselors available for any student or staff member who may need or want help or any type of assistance surrounding this loss.

We encourage you to talk with your child regarding how they are feeling. How we, as adults, deal with a tragedy like this will serve as a model for our children and students. It is extremely important for them to feel loved and supported as they discuss their feelings. You may want to consider the following when discussing this with your child:

– Tell the truth. Talk about death versus just ‘going to sleep’. Explain the situation.

– Allow you child to talk about their feelings. Your child may not know how to respond and will be looking to you for your guidance.

– Accept all expressions. Each person will have different expressions depending on how well they knew the person. Do not dismiss their feelings under any circumstances.

– Encourage written expressions such as notes, poems, letters, pictures, etc. to the family.

– Affirm that your child’s reaction is normal and you understand how they are feeling.

– Watch for changes in your child’s emotions. Do not ignore changes and seek help for your child immediately should you notice significant changes.

– Help your child return to a normal routine as soon as possible.

Our deepest sympathies go to the DeMarinis family and her many beloved friends. We care deeply for all those affected by this tragic loss.

Sincerely,

/s/Alex McCaul

Superintendent of Schools

Ms. Demarinis had been a teacher for R-3 at J.E.M.S. for several years and had many friends in the community. She enjoyed church and helped with St. James Catholic Church’s youth education programs.

Many had kept up with her as she was hospitalized in St. Louis through social media. AshLee was on many, many prayer lists around the area and was on the minds of many people. Her passing was announced and made its way through the internet over the Labor Day weekend.