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.

In Solidarity,

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

This is the library that we just purchased for McKinley school. Thank you Rebecca Hachmyer and Chrystal Sunshine for this wonderful work.

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

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 an unconscious bias against people of color, then grow into adults who blame people of color for violence and harm against them?

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

"How Studying Privilege Systems Can Strengthen Compassion": Peggy McIntosh at TEDxTimberlaneSchools

"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.”

Common Sense Media: Common Sense Media Resources About Race and Racism. Incluye recursos en español