Jan. 15 - SH Special Edition

Parent/Guardian Newsletter

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Principal Message

Dear Parents and Guardians,

We hope you are all back in the swing of school. Next week we will not have school on Monday in celebration of Martin Luther King Jr's Birthday. This holiday is a nationally recognized day of service.

This year we encourage you and your family to engage in a day of service. This link will take you to ideas for 17 Virtual Events to Celebrate MLK's Legacy with Your Kids or you can try one of these 8 Frugal & Fun Activities. No matter what you do, please take a moment to reflect with your child or children why we celebrate the day.

The video below named MLK Secondary Speech was shared by Mountainside High School. It was named for secondary students but could be used and viewed by all ages. It is an amazing message. If you can spare 17 minutes, it is worth watching.

At Scholls Heights we want to teach kids kindness, equity, and character. After all,

"All oppression—including that of LGBT individuals, refugees, immigrants, Muslims, women, people living in poverty and people with disabilities—negatively affects all lives. Although the BLM movement focuses on the oppression of black people, its mission is intersectional and invested in liberation for all." https://www.tolerance.org/magazine/summer-2017/why-teaching-black-lives-matter-matters-part-i

As our Superintendent stated back in June, "WE believe that Black Lives Matter. WE will continue to assert that Black Lives Matter until there is evidence that shows our Black and African American students and staff are thriving in our Beaverton schools. There is clearly more work to be done to become an anti-racist school district."

February 1-5 is Black Lives Matters Week of Action. The following information has been taken from "How to talk to young children about the Black Lives Matter" Guiding Principles By Laleña Garcia.

"As we think about discussing big ideas with little people, we consider age-

appropriate language so that our students or children can grasp the concepts we’re

introducing and incorporate these ideas and language into their own thinking and

conversation. While we as adults know that lynchings, such as Emmett Till’s, and other

acts of horrific violence helped trigger the actions we now know as the Civil Rights

Movement, similarly to the way police brutality has sparked the Black Lives Matter

Movement and the Movement for Black Lives, we are able to speak of the goals and

successes of the Civil Rights Movement with young children without exposing them to

the violence that preceded it. We can do the same when discussing the Black Lives

Matter Movement.

Although adults can obviously talk about any of the principles (and many of us

already do) without mentioning the Movement for Black Lives, we can also include the

movement as a group of people who want to make sure that everyone is treated fairly,

regardless of the color of their skin. We can say something along the lines of, 'The Civil

Rights Movement, with people we know about, like Martin Luther King, Jr. and Rosa

Parks, worked to change laws that were unfair. The Black Lives Matter Movement is

made up of people who want to make sure that everyone is treated fairly, because, even

though many of those laws were changed many years ago, some people are still not

being treated fairly.' Linking the principles of Black Lives Matter to the ideas we use in

our classrooms on a regular basis helps children to understand the connections between

justice and equity on a large scale to their own lives and individual actions.

The idea of adults hurting others is frightening to young children, and I would not

discuss this kind of violence with our youngest children. Instead, as we focus on fairness

and equity, the Principles give us language to do so." www.blacklivesmatteratschool.com

Take care,

Tracy Bariao (Principal)

Erika Heslin (Assistant Principal)

I Know My People Are Strong: Black Lives Matter At School
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