Good evening, I hope that this message finds you well. I wanted to share some updates for the week, during time of great tension and uncertainty in our country. We have seen instances of racial violence against African-American citizens and we have seen agonized communities organize in response to the ongoing social injustice that is too common in our country. We realize that our members of our community have loved ones in cities that have been impacted, and may have family that have stayed home, protested or worked in law enforcements and we are thinking of our national community tonight.
Through news and social media we have all witnessed examples of courage, frustration, some appropriate civil disobedience and some unacceptable violence involving police, protesters and fringe groups. These events are both alarming and traumatizing as they continue to unfold in front of us.
Dr. Martin Luther King reminds us that “injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere” and that “the moral arc of the universe is long, but it bends towards justice.” I continue to hope that these difficult and upsetting periods will push us towards a more equitable society. We hope to support our students this week by providing space for them to process these events, but also to find hope in the fact that our students have agency and can make an impact on the world.
This week we will continue to work towards anti-racism in our community, we invite you to join with us tomorrow at 2pm in a virtual forum to discuss our current national challenges in the context of anti-racism. Our goal is to create an intentional space for community members to share, listen and reflect. We will send an email tomorrow with norms for this conversation and details about how it will be facilitated. The meeting can be accessed with this info:https://zoom.us/j/96993220418?pwd=SUpkQnQ1TnRxSEcxWEYxa1pzdFoyZz09
Meeting ID: 969 9322 0418 Password: CnH76r
Resources for Parents:
- Talking to Children About Violence: Tips for Parents and Teachers
- Beyond the Golden Rule A Parent’s Guide to Preventing and Responding to Prejudice
- Your Kids Aren’t too Young to Talk About Race: Resource Roundup
Tomorrow is the last day of classes for our seniors. If you are a parent of a senior, please encourage your student to check in with their teachers to confirm their passing status in all classes. Teachers will submit senior grades on Friday, June 5th. We will be having a Senior Meeting on Tuesday, June 2nd at 2pm to update our Snowden Seniors with important details about upcoming Senior Celebrations. You are invited to attend. Please access the meeting via the link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89795885668?pwd=eTB2VVgzTFU5YkpkVkZDczRlUVJ0Zz09
For parents of students in grades 9, 10 and 11, please continue to support your student’s attendance in our academic classes via Zoom, classes meet from 11am - 12pm Monday - Friday with an additional hour of instruction on Wednesday at noon. We will be reaching out to students that will be invited to summer school and I encourage all students to review their standing and use the time available to their best advantage.
Please stay safe and let me know if you have any questions.