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.
Amy Schlueter, Mary Collins
Amy Fadeji, Penngrove
Lauri Anderson, McDowell
Liza Eichert, McNear
Amanda Grey, Grant
Catina Haugen, Valley Vista
Ani Larson, McKinley
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?”
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.
- Common Sense Media: Common Sense Media Resources About Race and Racism. Incluye recursos en español https://www.commonsensemedia.org/blog/common-sense-media-resources-about-race-and-racism
- TIME: Why White parents need to do more than talk to their kids about racism: https://time.com/5362786/talking-racism-with-white-kids-not-enough/?amp=true&__twitter_impression=true&fbclid=IwAR2wu_82ObxA6ZLuzrLwytmYDMtodP48jq-Bw34WcMdYriGXg0Q_afdQifk
- Today’s Parent: 27 books to help you talk to your kids about racism https://www.todaysparent.com/family/books/kids-books-that-talk-about-racism/#gallery/books-that-talk-about-racism/slide-1
- Anti-Racism For Kids 101: Starting To Talk About Race https://booksforlittles.com/racial-diversity/
- 9,000 parents registered for EmbraceRace's conversation last night on "How NOT to raise white kids who are quick to call police on POC". Donate to EmbraceRace or you can watch the program now on Facebook and YouTube.
- Your kids aren’t too young to talk about Race: https://www.prettygooddesign.org/blog/Blog%20Post%20Title%20One-5new4?fbclid=IwAR2IYU6fc-IExqXpgDcpkCtggAmnQBV0Ws5sr0WUEvCk-d-RvL3sj2fviCE·
- Anti-racism resources for white people: bit.ly/ANTIRACISMRESOURCES
- Kids pick up when we refuse to acknowledge racial difference – and how we treat people of color. Why are we surprised then, to see nice, well-behaved children reflect unconscious bias against people of color, then grow into adults who blame people of color for violence and harm against them? https://booksforlittles.com/racial-diversity/
- Not sure what to say? This can help: https://drive.google.com/file/d/18Nrtnq4XU8mqyj8tuzY-EXZoFMeDvbDx/view?fbclid=IwAR3EsUCR-jcLDY3phmyuvkncvCYJe7F-9ov2qgivcoLRcuVm2BqVgr4izUs
- "How Studying Privilege Systems Can Strengthen Compassion": Peggy McIntosh at TEDxTimberlaneSchools https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e-BY9UEewHw&fbclid=IwAR2flYM0n_MRgE_LbFq1h22teCVQnMcayG_y7WJ3se2kNAeHlLTrRkobEBw
- Becoming a Parent in the Age of Black Lives Matter- Clint Smith “My children, as is the case for many other parents, have pushed me to reprioritize, reevaluate, and reorient my relationship to the world.” https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2020/06/becoming-a-parent-in-the-age-of-black-lives-matter/612448/