Willow Parent Bulletin # 17

January 15, 2021

Dear Families,

On Monday we celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. In recent history, there hasn't been a more important time for us to learn from his words and example. Since most know of his I Have a Dream Speech, I'd like to share from two other works that are especially critical to our present.

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.” King wrote this while in a jail cell in Birmingham, Alabama after being arrested for violating an injunction against protesting.

In his fifth and last book, Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community, King wrote, "The comfortable, entrenched, the privileged cannot continue to tremble at the prospect of change of the status quo. … This is a multiracial nation where all groups are dependent on each other. … There is no separate white path to power and fulfillment, short of social disaster, that does not share power with black aspirations for freedom and human dignity.”

Messages from 50 years ago... may they finally be the building blocks for tomorrow. If you're looking for a video to share with your wildcat, please consider : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p1dlQo3cVBI

Materials Pick Up for Grades K-2 on January 21

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Just a gentle reminder that if you need to speak with the teacher, doing so during the lesson isn't the appropriate time. It interrupts the learning for everyone. If you are experiencing a technology issue, please call the office or put in a "tech ticket." https://www.hsd153.org/apps/pages/index.jsp?uREC_ID=1885737&type=d&pREC_ID=2035013

The teacher's time with your wildcat is short and valuable. He/she will be more than happy to speak with you or answer an email as soon as he or she can. Your patience is appreciated.

Weekly Announcements featuring Mr. Rusk

Kindergarten teacher Mr. Rusk brings you this week's birthdays and the Pledge of Allegiance.


Book Blurb- "The Bossy Gallito"

Lucia M. Gonzalez’ retelling of the traditional Cuban folktale, The Bossy Gallito, is truly delightful. Written in English with Spanish words sprinkled throughout, as well as in all Spanish, this book tells the tale of a very bossy rooster who orders the characters to do his bidding. They all refuse until the ending when he finally convinces the sun to help him by saying please. What happens next? Check it out from the Chicago Heights Public Library or from one of the other libraries in the system to find out!