Duveneck Connections

Home of the Dragons - Special Edition, June 1, 2020

Dear Duveneck Families,

My heart is heavy. I am saddened by the recent events happening across the country. I have also been thinking about our students, your children, and what they may have seen or heard. Each of you will address this in your own way, some of you providing your children with more information than others, depending upon their age and their questions. Some of our students will be concerned for their own safety, and the safety of their family and friends. All children who have been exposed to the recent events will have questions and worry.

Here are some tips for you to consider:

-Ask your child to share what they know about the situation.

-Let your child ask questions and share their feelings, concerns and worries.

-Listen with care and acknowledge how your child feels.

-Answer questions with honesty, with content that is developmentally/age appropriate.

-If needed, provide your child reassurance.

-Limit exposure to media.

I also hope that you find the following articles and resources useful.

NPR PodCast – Talking Race with Young Children

NPR PodCast – How to Talk About Race

Child Mind Institute - Racism and Violence: How to Help Kids Handle the News

Be Well,

Leslie Crane



Palo Alto Graduation Parade - Wednesday, June 3


Calling all seniors and senior families from Paly, Gunn, Castilleja, and Kehillah! We are thrilled to announce that there will be a car parade for all seniors to celebrate their high school experience. We know that it has been a challenging end to their high school years. We want to honor the seniors’ hard work and the joy of finishing high school.

First off, at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 3, we will kick things off with the Senior Shout Out (5:30-5:45 p.m.). Make noise in your front yard for our graduating seniors! Sing, chant, cheer, dance, celebrate, bang pots and pans, and take photos. Look for signs in front of houses to locate graduating seniors in your neighborhood. This is also a time to make noise for our promoting classes in 5th and 8th grade. In fact, we can make some noise for EVERY student who made it through this tough year!

The parade route is for our seniors and their families. The entire community is invited to clap and celebrate our seniors along the route while demonstrating proper social distancing. Signs are good!

You can view the Google Map of the Route at: https://tinyurl.com/seniorparade2020