A message from Us
Your Petaluma City Schools Elementary Principals
Dear McKinley/PACS Community,
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 the 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.
We are excited as a district to partner with Circle up Education https://www.circleuped.org/ for the 2020-2021 school year.
If you have not been a part of this conversation in the past, there is no better time than now. Join us.
Ani Larson, McKinley
Lauri Anderson, McDowell
Liza Eichert, McNear
Amy Fadeji, Penngrove
Amanda Grey, Grant
Catina Haugen, Valley Vista
Amy Schlueter, Mary Collins
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.
Join Petaluma TIDE Team Inclusion Diversity Equity "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?”
Anti-racism resources for white people
SHIFT Curating Little Libraries Cultivating Big Change
Anti-Racism For Kids 101: Starting To Talk About Race
USA Today Article: George Floyd. Ahmaud Arbery. Breonna Taylor. What do we tell our children?
31 Children’s Books to Support Conversations on Race, Racism, and Resistance:
Your kids aren’t too young to talk about Race:
Why White parents need to do more than talk to their kids about racism
CNN and 'Sesame Street' to host a town hall addressing racism
Helping Kids Process Violence, Trauma, and Race in a World of Nonstop News
"How Studying Privilege Systems Can Strengthen Compassion": Peggy McIntosh at TEDxTimberlaneSchools
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.”