Dear Parents/Guardians and Students:
Thank you for your support during this academic year. It will be a year we will always remember. It has been a time of challenge. But we made it! As St Paul tells us. "We have fought the good fight, we have finished the race." Thank you for helping us to do so.
I want to take this time to publicly thank our teachers for their tremendous efforts. I am so proud of their hard work. I ask God's blessings on their efforts. It is a remarkable staff. They are extremely dedicated. Each staff member brings much experience to the table. I am so proud of the class of 2020 and their accomplishments. They are a wonderful group of students who have received a great foundation here at St. John. I expect great things from them in the future.
During this summer please be assured of my continued prayers for each of you and your families. I pray you will be at peace as we continue to face the challenges of this pandemic and the social unrest in our country. As we have watched the evening news over the last week, we have been reminded of the many tenets on which our society is built. Among those I hold most dear and have taught to our children as infants is that we are all children of God. God calls us to treat others fairly. We all want to be treated fairly and justly. We teach our children to share with their friends and siblings and to "play fair". We tell them to treat others as they would want to be treated. These lessons are more important to their successful transition to adulthood than all the other learning combined. Together, we have dealt with the stress caused by the pandemic that has isolated us from each other, and now, we must address the pain of witnessing unfair behavior and the suffering it is causing us and our fellow citizens in communities across the nation. When seen through the eyes of our children, we have to wonder what they are feeling and thinking when we say that we stand for fairness and kindness for ALL.
Many of our children may have concerns and our state and town are responding.
The State Department of Education has some resources you might find helpful:
· Teaching Tolerance - Tolerance.org
· Race & Ethnicity "Avoiding Racial Equity Detours" - Paul Gorski, EdChange
· "The Critical Work of Racial Identity Development" - Dr. Daren Graves presentation to CSDE
· State Education Resource Center's (SERC) "Equity in Education: A Transformational Approach to Teaching and Learning"
· The National Center for School Crisis and Bereavement developed a guide - Talking to Kids about Tragedies (such as shootings and terror attacks) in the news - which helps explain for parents and guardians the importance of discussing the event with children and helps inform parents of common questions children ask in the aftermath of tragic events.
· "Compilation of Racial Identity Models - Racial Equity Tools - A look at Implicit Bias and Microaggressions" - Todd Finley, Edutopia"
· “Association of Middle Level Instruction and Microaggressions in the Classroom” - Rick Wormeli, AMLE
· "How White Parents Can Use Media to Raise Anti-Racist Kids" - Sierra Filucci
· Common Sense Media, The National Education Association (NEA) have several online resources for teachers, students and parents
Mother Elaine Moorcroft, Principal