A Message from Principal Shelton

South Loop Family,

Our nation and our beloved City are gripped by outrage at recent events of racism, violence  and injustice. 

To say that 2020 has been a challenging year, would be an understatement. However, I know there is a lesson somewhere in all of this uncertainty. During this time, I appreciate our school community even more. The uniqueness of the students we serve and the long term impact for change that our students will possibly lead is encouraging.  Watching the Minnesota video and the targeted behavior towards an ethnicity group related to covid 19 breaks my heart, but I am always grounded by our students. Our school is the best place to prepare our children to make change. I feel very fortunate on a daily basis to have our students interact across cultures.

I watch our students learn about each other’s diverse cultures. Despite different racial, ethnic, or economical backgrounds, our students learn about one another and embrace each other’s diversity,. From classroom discussions to morning meetings to new friendships in the building, our students have so many opportunities to learn, understand and value the cultural and diverse perspectives of others. 

I want our students to learn about empathy, tolerance, and acceptance, as well as be upstanders in their community. Between the diversity of our population and the thoughtful, engaging, and through provoking lessons/conversations from our teachers and staff, we can provide our students with the tools they need to stand up against racism, biases, and other social injustices.

Our city is hurting and I know many of you are having conversations with your families in a way that you feel is most appropriate for your child(ren). It is my hope that conversations about the value of life and how every experience is a learning opportunity. I encourage you to discuss with your child how their experiences can motivate them to be the real change we need in our communities and our country. 

If you are having a difficult time having these conversations, we have provided a list of resources that you can use as a guide. 

Social Justice Resources

Raising Race Conscious Children | A Resource for Talking About Race & Diversity With Young Children

The 2018 Ultimate List of Diverse Children’s Books

Coretta Scott King Book Award Winners

31 Children’s books to support conversations on race, racism and resistance

60+ Resources for Talking to Kids About Racism

27 Books to help you talk to your kids about racism

Multicultural Picture books

If you or your students want to talk about the painful events of this week, we are here for you.  Please contact our counselor Mrs. Brewer, or any of us, if you feel we can help you through this difficult time. 

Our school community is strong and we have weathered many storms together. We will get through this hurt and unrest together and come out stronger.

Sincerely,

Principal Shelton

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