The February break means different things to everyone, but whatever you’re enjoying—skiing in the constantly accumulating snow, having time to read, spending time with family, or just a little extra sleep—I hope that it’s providing what you need to be well right now. For me, it’s meant some catch-up on the things I committed to over the last month, including making sure that this community has some resources and easy links to great African-American stories, as we look to make sure Black History and the experience of people of color in this country remains on our minds as one of our most pressing concerns. I’m grateful for how our students continue to insist that we examine what we do and what we should be doing to be better as an institution to be equitable in approach, fair in practice, and celebratory in attitude. The list of links at the end of this message are intended to be just a beginning.
I’m also thrilled, though, to invite adults in the community to participate in a special program from one of our excellent professional organizations—the Association of Independent Schools of New England (AISNE). On Wednesday, March 3rd, from 5:00pm-6:00pm EST, AISNE is hosting a special live event with author and social commentator Ibram X. Kendi, whose book How to Be an Anti-Racist became required reading last summer as we struggled to understand the extent and nature of racism embedded in many of our policies and systems. All faculty, staff, parents, and trustees are welcome to sign on to this event following the link in the flyer (View flyer here). We hope you will take advantage of this chance to hear Kendi discuss his work in the context of educating the next generation of students.
Please note that unlike previous years, classes resume on Monday, March 1. Until then, enjoy the remainder of the break, stay safe, and be well.
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