Week of October 12, 2021

Dear Families,

I hope that you enjoyed the long weekend and are doing well. 

Yesterday was Indigenous Peoples’ Day -- a holiday dedicated to highlighting indigenous peoples’ cultures and suppressed histories. Indigenous Peoples’ Day emerged as a direct challenge to the narratives that undergird Columbus Day—the federal holiday used to celebrate Christopher Columbus’ purported “discovery of America.”  Teachers are having conversations with students about the history of Columbus and Indigenous People’s experiences.  We want children to process and express their thoughts and feelings about this complex and challenging topic.  I am sharing a resource, “Here’s How You Can Talk About Christopher Columbus in Your Classroom,” because I think it may be helpful for families navigating follow-up discussions.  Remember to listen and give children a chance to talk, process, and play out their thinking without interruption.  When we react by interrupting or judging that something is wrong, the message children get is, “I shouldn’t talk about this.”  Instead, we want to show children that it is safe to talk to and play in front of adults, and that way, we open the doors for communication.  Please reach out directly to your child’s teacher if you have questions.

The School Leadership Team (SLT) will meet on Wednesday, October 13, at 3 pm.  The SLT is a committee made up of elected parents and teachers, and me.  We write, revise, and disseminate school policies.  Monthly meetings are for the School Leadership Team Representatives and are open to all.  Here is the meeting link.

Community Board 3 is holding a meeting to discuss our students’ access to the McKinley playground on Thursday, October 14, at 6:30 pm.  Please come to advocate for our children’s use of the playground during the school day.  

Online:  https://zoom.us/j/97669441619

By Phone:  +1 646 518 9805, +1 929 205 6099

Meeting ID:  976 6944 1619

Have a good week,

Dyanthe

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