Lucille M. Nixon School

from the principal

June 1, 2020

Dear Nixon Families,


We are all coping with a lot right now. The event in Minneapolis last Friday which has triggered demonstrations across the nation is making many of us very sad. Some of our students may become aware of these events or simply take note of feelings expressed by you or others in your home. It is possible that students will be concerned for their own safety, and the safety of their family and friends. Many children who have been exposed to the recent events will have questions. Below are a couple links to articles which might help you to discuss the topics of race and injustice should you or your children wish to open this conversation. Our third through fifth grade students at Nixon have all experienced some level of classroom learning about the history of racial injustice in this country. My purpose is to provide you with some resources because elementary age children look to their parents to learn how to think about confusing topics. Even if your children are not aware of these events due to their age or access to exposure, I encourage you to take a look at these resources when you have time in order to be prepared to talk with your child about this important topic at some time.


My usual weekly newsletter will come on Wednesday.


Take care,

Mary Pat



https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2020/05/31/how-talk-kids-racism-racial-violence-police-brutality


https://www.ahaparenting.com/ask-the-doctor-1/talking-with-children-about-racism-police-brutality-and-protests