The Greendell Gosling Flyer-21st Ed

January 27, 2021

Dear Greendell Families,

The weather this week certainly matched the winter art the children have been creating this month! It has been cold enough to feel like we finally need to get out our winter clothes. Brrr!


As January comes to a close, I want to thank our Greendell families and staff for all that you do to help our students learn! I see how much effort goes into children just having a safe space to learn and you make that happen everyday. The children are adapting well and may not even notice what their adults do so that they have everything they need for school. PiE and CASSY are hosting a seminar tomorrow for families about just that: resilience in young children. I have included the information below, if you would like to attend.


I also invite you to join me in a learning opportunity that I am very excited to participate in: the 21-Day Racial Equity Habit Building Challenge. This challenge is for all community members to learn more about the impact of inequity and racism and how we move toward a culture of racial equity and social justice. You can sign up using this link: https://tinyurl.com/PAEquityChallenge. I have included more detailed information on the challenge below but please let me know if you have any questions. I hope to see you there!


Principal Shannon

"Snow Globes" by the Amazing Artists in our 3s Class

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Upcoming Community Events

Positive Parenting: Young Children Adapting to COVID

PiE and CASSY are pleased to present an evening about strength and resilience in young children. Learn how adaptable your children are and how they have been coping through the pandemic. Find out how resourceful and resilient YOU are! Gain new skills to encourage them to be more flexible in this ever-changing environment. For parents of children from preschool to 1st grade.


Presenters are Lisa Miller, Program Manager, and Eva Martinez, Clinical and Site Supervisor, from CASSY.


Thursday, January 28, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Join Zoom Meeting:
https://pausd.zoom.us/j/98433958329?pwd=NHdtRVZ5aUc5MVFmaHlkM3AybXpQQT09
Meeting ID: 984 3395 8329 / Passcode: CASSY

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The 21-DAY RACIAL EQUITY HABIT-BUILDING CHALLENGE

Beginning February 1st, the Palo Alto Unified School District, the City of Palo Alto, and its partners will launch the 21-Day Racial Equity Habit Building Challenge and we hope you will join us.


For 21 days, we will be engaging Palo Alto students, parents, staff, and the community at large in topics that will build our collective capacity towards racial and social justice. Participants will receive a link to the PAUSD engagement website and challenged to do one action each day to deepen community connections and further our understanding of power, privilege, supremacy, oppression, and equity and the role they play in the experiences of Black, Indigenous, and other People of Color. The challenge can be done individually, with friends and family, or organization-wide.


The 21-Day Challenge is a powerful opportunity for shared learning and growth and invites the Palo Alto Community to develop a deeper understanding of how inequity and racism affect our lives and community.


Join the Challenge by registering at https://tinyurl.com/PAEquityChallenge and post #PAEquityChallenge on your preferred social media site and challenge at least two people to join you in the journey to enlightenment. There is no cost to participate; open to anyone who is interested in building a community that is inclusive and accepting of all individuals regardless of the color of their skin or background.


OVERVIEW OF CHALLENGE - LEARN. REFLECT. ACT.


Participants will be provided with one short task to complete each day for 21 straight days.

Each daily activity is ~15 minutes: short, engaging & thought-provoking. Expect to:


  • Use the Racial Equity Habit-Building Challenge website to read, listen, watch, notice, connect, engage, act, reflect, and stay inspired

  • Use a reflection sheet to stay on course; record your journey, what you did and the impact, takeaway, or action that resulted

  • Engage in discussion on the website discussion board

  • Join the culminating celebration at the end of the 21-Day Challenge



General Themes

Microaggressions

White Privilege/Supremacy Culture

Racial Identity

Unconscious Bias

Racial Justice

Racial Trauma on BIPOC

Income Inequality

Redlining/Housing Inequality

Racism and social determinants for health

Racial Wealth Gap

Educational Inequality

Adverse Childhood Experiences

Intersectionality (LGTBQ+ /Disability)

Building a Race Equity Culture

Being an Ally

PAUSD Held Kindergarten/TK Information Nights in January 2021

PAUSD families registering their children for kindergarten or TK can find the information from the presentation by selecting the following link: Slides from PAUSD's Kindergarten Information Night.