A Message from Us

Your Petaluma City Schools Elementary Principals

Dear Mary Collins School Families,

As educators and human beings, we stand against all racism and racial injustices. We stand in allyship and solidarity with Black Lives Matter. We acknowledge that racial injustices exist in our community and our country through overt actions, implicit biases, and systemic racism.

We are fully committed to teaching, leading, supporting, and protecting our students. One of the greatest gifts of our profession is being able to work alongside families during difficult times. We’ve certainly had our fair share of those lately, haven’t we?

We want to take a moment to remind you that we see each and every one of our students and families. We are listening to all your voices, and seek to empower voices that have been historically silenced and marginalized. We are here for you. We want to live up to our professional commitments, continue growing our awareness and understanding, and act in any and all ways we can to combat injustice and racial terror.

The work we all must do to acknowledge and fight against racism on individual, family, community, and nation-wide levels is challenging and necessary. We have collected some resources that you may find helpful as your family discusses current events and learns about allyship, antiracism and social justice.

The research shows no child is too young to begin the conversation around race, bias and privilege. Wherever your family is in this process, please join us in being a part of a healing solution during this important historic moment.

If you have not been a part of this conversation in the past, there is no better time than now. Join us.

In solidarity,

Amy Schlueter, Mary Collins

Amy Fadeji, Penngrove

Lauri Anderson, McDowell

Liza Eichert, McNear

Amanda Grey, Grant

Catina Haugen, Valley Vista

Ani Larson, McKinley

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Get Involved

Join the TIDE Committee at our school and/or Petaluma TIDE Team Inclusion Diversity Equity. TIDE is a community-led group exploring how to make our schools more safe, inclusive, and welcoming for all of our diverse TK-12 students, families, teachers, and administrators. The citywide TIDE group is made up of representatives from each school and serves as a place of inspiration and collaboration for each school.

"When we refuse to talk about race at an early age, children absorb our silence as shame. We’re taught that if we have nothing nice to say – say nothing at all. Well – white folks are aggressively silent when it comes to race! Does that mean that being Brown or Black is something to be ashamed of?”


CNN & Sesame Street to Host a Town Hall

The 60-minute special "Coming Together: Standing Up to Racism. A CNN/Sesame Street Town Hall for Kids and Families" will air on Saturday, June 6, at 10 a.m. ET.

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As you know, there are a wide variety of resources being shared, these are just a few that some families have found helpful. We hope they spark conversation, self-reflection, and inquiry.

31 Children’s Books to Support Conversations on Race, Racism, and Resistance

What is Systemic Racism?

This quick 4 minute video outlines it for you!

Systemic Racism Explained

' "One of the most important things to remember is that you may not have all the answers, and that is OK" '

Even young children may see or hear about highly publicized incidents like the George Floyd case – perhaps overhearing the TV or the radio – and may ask questions.....

Helping Kids Process Violence, Trauma, and Race in a World of Nonstop News

Helping Kids Process Violence, Trauma, and Race in a World of Nonstop News
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