This has been a week of great joy in returning to school, but also of great sadness as we watched the attack on our democracy unfold. Our Ray School community is strong, and we took care of each other so we could take care of our students.
We trusted our staff to gauge students’ level of worry and concern and then engage them in compassionate and thoughtful ways. Our staff allowed children to take the lead in conversations and reflections, built around community norms of discussion and developmentally appropriate exploration and explanations. We shared this resource about talking to children about violence, and staff used journaling and discussion prompts like:
- How do you feel right now? What might help you with these feelings? What do you need?
- What do you think should happen after an election?
- How should leaders talk to each other?
- What is an appropriate way to speak to each other to get our point across?
- What do we see happening now?
- What should happen now?
- What have we learned together in our classroom and school community that will make the future better? What roles will we play in making our futures better?
We continue to feel the great importance of the diversity, equity, and inclusion work that we are engaged in with Groundswell Change, and we feel fortunate to live in a community where civic engagement and social justice are valued. We continue the journey together.
Just as we have supports for our staff and students at school, we are also available as a resource to you if you need support in speaking with your students at home. Please do not hesitate to reach out.
We hope you enjoy the weekend, and we will see you on Monday. It is an honor to be able to do this work in our classrooms with our in-person and remote students, the future leaders of our country.