Words of Wisdom/Today's News

Posted Date: 6/2/2020

WORDS OF WISDOM

Good morning, Highland Ranch.  This is Mrs. Venolia with a few words of wisdom.

Earlier this week, our Superintendent sent out a message to all of our PUSD community regarding George Floyd and the events over the past weekend.  I share her depth of sadness over our country struggling with issues of racism and violence as well as the desire to see change.

Our community is diverse and represents many cultures and backgrounds; I want to ensure all of our students, staff, and families feel safe and welcome on our campus and realize more work is needed to make this a reality.  One way to start this work is through the “No Place for Hate” program.  No Place for Hate, sponsored by the Anti-Defamation League, provides tools and curriculum to support using kindness to inspire social action, creating more inclusive classrooms, preventing and responding to incidents of hate and bias, and developing student leadership.  I submitted our application and will need your help with meeting program requirements, such as forming a committee and planning activities, when implementation begins in the fall. We had also started a student group of amazing fourth graders to help guide our school next year.  For more information you can go to:   https://www.adl.org/who-we-are/our-organization/signature-programs/no-place-for-hate

In the meantime, I will continue to look for ways to support our students and families NOW and will share any resources that are available.  Design 39 is hosting a town hall style virtual gather on Thursday, June 4, at 7:00 pm via zoom and invite all who are interested to join the conversation.  “At Design39Campus, we believe that the future is a place WE create and we have the power to shape the future today.  We need allies to listen. We need allies to understand. We need allies to learn. We need allies to take action.”  The D39 Small and Mighty Black Parent Group will lead in personal stories, connecting the dots to our local community and to the larger context of current events. We will then break into small groups through guided discussion and leave with a call to action. 

Join the Thursday night Zoom link HERE
Join our YouTube Live link here: 
https://youtu.be/fzyOVBKwLCg

As Dr. Phelps said, “even when we are struggling with what to say and we don’t have all the answers, we must engage our students in difficult conversations and encourage them to ask questions about race and racism. We cannot be silent. This must be a shared responsibility for everyone in this community. Our students are watching and learning from us, and they are counting on us to do better.”

 If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me at cvenolia@powayusd.com 

 With something to think about, this is  Mrs. Venolia. Make it a great day . . . or not. The choice is yours.

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