“Be a bush if you can't be a tree. If you can't be a highway, just be a trail.
If you can't be a sun, be a star. For it isn't by size that you win or fail.
Be the best of whatever you are.”
- Martin Luther King, Jr.
I hope all of you are doing well. We are prepared and excited to have in-person charter students back on campus starting Tuesday, January 19. The school is closed Monday in observance of the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday. We believe the last two weeks offered a buffer period from the impact of potential holiday exposures and that most students who tested positive or who were exhibiting symptoms during those two weeks are now well enough to return to school.
We will only be able to continue in-person learning if all of us do our part in mitigating the virus: avoid gathering with people outside of our “bubbles”, faithfully wearing our masks, social distancing, and keeping children at home who are showing ANY of the COVID-related symptoms:
Fever or chills
Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
Muscle or body aches
New loss of taste or smell
Congestion or runny nose
Nausea or vomiting
COVID DATA (as of this writing)
Toddler 2: 1 student to be tested on Monday 1/18 (symptomatic)
Primary: 2 students have tests pending (symptomatic), 1 staff tested positive; 1 staff possibly quarantining
Elementary: 1 staff is currently positive
Middle School: 1 positive student, 1 student pending results (asymptomatic)
Villa Parent, Nicole Newhouse, is the executive director of the Association for Supportive Child Care. The organization is hosting a virtual round table discussion about how to talk to our kids about race on Thursday, January 21 from 5:00 – 6:00 p.m. The panel of parents talking is diverse and the discussion is not scripted – it’s just going to be a discussion to promote understanding and recognition that all parents sit in a place of struggle when talking to our own kids about these really important matters.
Here is the link to RSVP to the live event. There will also be a recording of the event that Nicole will forward to me when it is available.
Other ABAR news:
- We met with Eric Bailey (the presenter of November’s “Unconscious Bias and Discrimination” conversation) today and will be scheduling board and staff events for the very near future.
- We are looking into a certification program from the American Montessori Society. It is an opportunity to “provide a thorough examination of Anti-bias/Anti-racism education to support Montessori schools in creating equitable and just spaces for all.”
I am participating in a webinar called, “Your Antiracism Toolkit: The Educator’s Playbook to Talking Diversity”.
- We have added books for both staff and students to our resource library.
- Teachers are discussing topics around ABAR at their weekly team meetings and implementing lessons and activities in their classrooms.
- Teachers are also focusing on gathering resources and creating lessons to celebrate Black History Month as well as MLK, Jr.
“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.
We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny.
Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly."
- Martin Luther King, Jr.
On-site Support Services
Our on-site support services went well in these past two weeks. Our staff did a great job.
We can’t wait to hear more student voices on the elementary and middle school campuses next week.
Take care and have a great weekend.