I asked my son (6th grade) when I got home if he learned what was special about today. He immediatly responded, "Of course!" and told me that the Satmer Rebbe had passed away. I asked, "Anything else?" "Yes", he responded, "It was also the yahrtzeit of Yehoshua bin Nun."
Now, I am not minimizing either of those items in any way. But would it have hurt his Rebbe or even English teacher to simply mention that we remember the Holocaust today? Maybe even do a little lesson about the Aish Kodesh? Just a thought. I'm used to these things by now, but still feel saddened by it.