Week of June 8, 2020

Dear Families,

Noemi and I have been meeting with families and have been discussing the protests and how to talk about recent events, racism, and racial injustice with our children.  These are not new conversations for many families, especially our families of color.  Others are just beginning to talk about racism with their children.  Though you may not feel as equipped to talk about it, don’t let it stop you from having the conversations.  When we are at school, we often use picture books as a starting point for hard conversations.  I am resharing the link to a collection of resources that our staff put together for families.  It includes some children’s books to support you in talking with your child about race and racism: 

https://wke.lt/w/s/970iGM

In lieu of the ⅔ parent meeting today, I invite all of our families to participate in PBS’s event “Talking to Children Authentically about Race and Racism (https://www.pbs.org/parents/talking-about-racism).  Join parents, educators, and child development and trauma experts for an important conversation about how parents can talk with young children about racial injustice and violence against Black people. They will explore questions such as: How can parents of Black children continue to instill confidence and pride in young kids while also explaining the racial inequity and barriers that continue today? And, how can parents of non-Black children help young kids understand their role in confronting anti-Black racism? They will also answer questions from parents and share tips and resources you can use to continue to have these meaningful conversations now and into the future. 

This Week at TNS….

  • Teaching artist, Leigh is leading two drawing workshops for families today

    • Times: 10:00 - 11:00 AM - Pre-k - 1st grade and 11:00 AM-noon -2nd - 5th grade

    • Format: Drawing workshop. Pencil and paper needed

    • meet.google.com/cam-mqdc-qzh

  • SLT(School Leadership Team) is Thursday, June 11 from 2 - 3:30.  All are welcome.

    • TSI (Targeted Support and Improvement) Status: Carry Chan, Superintendent will be there

    • Anti-racist, anti-bias work at TNS

    • CEP (Comprehensive Education Plan)

Looking Ahead…

June 25 - 5th-grade graduation at 1:30 PM

June 26 - The last day of school

With Love,

Dyanthe

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