Connecting with Mrs. Cohen

January 8, 2020

Good Afternoon,

This weekly message, usually sent on Sunday evening, was meant to be about returning to school-- in person or virtually-- after a break and some helpful ideas around routines. I was also going to write about goal setting and SMART goals.

Today, however, with what has transpired this week nationally and in our District, I have a different message in mind and sending it today seemed the timely thing to do.

As Dr. Ulrich shared yesterday afternoon, "Racist and derogatory statements were spray-painted on the exterior" of three schools in our district. He went on to say that the Kirkwood School District "staff, administration and Board of Education strongly condemn racism, hate speech and . . . we will work closely with the Kirkwood Police Department to ensure a complete investigation."

A question for many of us as educators and parents is, how can I help my child at this time. My hope is that the information and links can help you navigate these difficult conversations.

As always, Robinson's Counseling Team (Ms. Harris, Mrs. Ampey-Elong, Ms. Shields --see below--and I) is here for you if you need additional help. Please reach out to any of us.

This weekend I hope that you stay healthy and are safe. I also hope you are able to find some peace if you are feeling adrift,


The picture at the right hangs in my office. It is the first and the last message I want your children and you to receive whenever you think about Robinson.

Helping Kids Understand the Riots at the Capitol

From Child Mind Institute: As kids of all ages look to us for guidance, here are some ways to help them understand what’s going on and deal with any anxiety they may be feeling.

Talking to Kids About the Violence at the U.S. Capitol

From Common Sense Media: Use these age-based tips and questions to have conversations as a family about disturbing events.

Podcast for Parents: Racism and White Privilege

"We should talk about that" podcast: A conversation with Adelaide Lancaster, co-founder of the non-profit, We Stories. We Stories aims to hold critical conversations with white families about race, racism, racial justice and health equity.

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The Conscious Kid's Antiracist Booklist

The Conscious Kid's booklist supports conversations with kids about race, racism, and resistance. Books about confronting anti-Blackness by Black authors can also be found here.

BIPOC: What Does it Mean?- KEES January 19th

Date: Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Time: 6-7:30 p.m.



BIPOC: What does it mean?

Panel discussion with people that identify as Black, Indigneous and People of Color (BIPOC) and how BIPOC leaders are seeking to leverage their own identities as well as resources, tools and networks to advance anti-racist change. Panelists will also discuss the radicalized dynamics that happen that originate in childhood that last through adulthood. Insights on how to build a relationship between BIPOC students and their teachers will also be discussed to help the student, parent and teacher forge a strong relationship.


We are delighted to welcome Ana Shields as our new Educational Support Counselor! She is super excited to start at Robinson. Ana has been working in a school setting for the last four years and has practiced as a counselor for three years. Ana will split her time between Robinson and Tillman Elementary. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor and her main focus is supporting students through intensive 1-1 therapy, but she can also be helpful in a variety of ways.

Please help us welcome Ana!



Our friends at Trinity Church do so much more than just oversee the pantry, they strive to create a community where our families are welcome. They would love to see lots of folks in person to offer them not only items from the pantry, but also emotional support and help with additional resources families might need if they are able. This is a great group and they are eager to serve!

Pantry details below -- please note the night change, the pantry will be held on THURSDAY night of next week.

2020-2021 Pantry

When: Thursday, January 14th ( additional dates below)

Time: 6pm - 7:30 pm

Where: Trinity Presbyterian Church

1110 S. Glenwood Lane, Kirkwood, MO 63122

(Please use the Sanctuary Entrance located in front of the circle drive -- this entrance is handicap accessible)


  • Doors will open at 6 PM, not before

  • Families will enter the Sanctuary room (please be mindful of other families who are present and distance when possible)

  • There is a pass-through window to the kitchen. Families can approach the window one at a time and Trinity Church volunteers will “shop” for the items you request (this will help limit exposure for everyone)

  • A “Menu” of available items will be posted near the window

  • Quantities for each family may be limited, items are subject to availability

  • Food items offered (meat, frozen meals, bread, breakfast cereal, and limited quantities of milk, eggs, fruits, and vegetables)

  • There will also be household cleaning items and personal care items.

  • If you are unable to make it to the pantry you may fill out this form and Robinson Cares volunteers will “shop” for you and deliver your items to your home (food and household items only)
  • Form will be available January 8-January 13; Deliveries will be made after January 14

Future Dates:

Friday, February 19th

Friday, March 19th

Friday, April 9th

Friday, May 21st

Martin Luther King Jr. Day Opportunity

From Romona Miller, EdS

KHS Pioneer Pathways Principal:

In celebration of MLK Day 2021 MNIA will be facilitating a Book Give-Away in Meacham Park on MLK Day, Monday, January 18th. Due to COVID restrictions this event is in lieu of our usual MLK Musical Celebration. Each student who attends will receive a book of their choice, but must be preregistered. The books have been donated by Eyeseeme African American Children's Bookstore and the Give-Away is made possible by donations from the Social Justice Groups of local area churches including KUMC.

Participating students will have to preregister here: 2021 MLK Day Book Giveaway

Informational Flyer is here:messages/attachments/8dc1a5a999eeada64075f95a4b8c28cf/2021_Martin_Luther_King_Day_Book_GiveAway.pdf