June 11, 2020
Dear Meadow Pond Families,
As a school community, we wanted to reach out to acknowledge not just the global health crisis, but also the social justice crisis taking place across our country. We realize that the disturbing murder of George Floyd and the current climate in our country has impacted you and your child/ren. We are here to support all of you, and we affirm our commitment to being an inclusive community where people of all backgrounds are respected and racism is condemned.
We acknowledge the inequities in our society, both individually and systemic, and realize that we need to continue to provide professional development to our staff and re-examine our curriculum such as classroom libraries, units of study, school traditions and events, programs, practices, policies, and beliefs so that all community members feel safe, supported, and valued.
We value our partnership with all of you, our families, the PTO, and local agencies, and our honest communication with each other about our feelings, beliefs, and values is more important than ever as we teach our children about diversity, empathy, and respecting differences.
We are not experts and we certainly do not have all the answers, but we have reviewed the resources (links) below, including some that have been recommended to us by other educators and advocates of change, and we have found them most helpful in our conversations with each other, our students, and our own children.
Tips for teaching and talking to kids about race
Explaining Racism/Protest to kids
If you need additional support in communicating with your child/ren, please reach out to our school Social Worker, Mrs. Milone firstname.lastname@example.org or school Psychologist, Dr. Monasch email@example.com who will provide you with guidance and support during this difficult time.
Carolann Castellano Dawn Pomeroy
Principal Assistant Principal