January 13, 2020
Dear EVCS Students,
Welcome to the first School-Wide Morning Meeting of 2020! Next Monday we will have a day off from school to observe Martin Luther King Day. Every year at this time we like to remember who Martin Luther King Jr. was, what he accomplished and why he was so important. Martin Luther King Jr. was a true hero of our country and someone who embodied all of our core values at EVCS. Martin Luther King Jr. was a leader in the Civil Rights Movement in the 1950’s and 1960’s. He fought to bring racial justice and equity to this country.
Martin Luther King Jr. lived during a time in America when people were treated very differently according to their skin color, but Martin believed that all people should be treated kindly, fairly and equally, no matter what color skin they have. He fought very hard for civil rights in America, and he was a great leader who used non-violence to bring about change, social justice and racial equity. He was a great role model!
Unfortunately, the fight for racial justice and racial equity in America is not over. Our core values are kindness, inclusion and social action, and it is our hope that every member of the EVCS community learn how to become an anti-racist so each one of us can help carry on the work of Martin Luther King Jr in our own ways. In that spirit, we are inviting every adult in the EVCS community – parents and staff – to read a book called How To Be an Antiracist, by Ibram X. Kendi. We’ll have a gathering to discuss the book on the evening of February 26th. More information on that coming soon!
Next week when we have the day off from school, let’s all try to honor Martin Luther King Jr. in some way. I’d love to hear about how you choose to do it!
]Thanks so much to our friends in the 3rd Grade for hosting today, thanks to all of the parents who came this morning, huge thanks to the SWMM house band, and thank you to everyone who sang loud and proud. Have a great day and great week everyone.