Black Lives Matter at EVCS

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Dear EVCS Families,

I am proud to let you know that next week EVCS will once again join thousands of other schools across the country in recognizing the Black Lives Matter at School Week of Action. The universal goals of the Black Lives Matter at School Week of Action is to spark an ongoing movement of critical reflection and honest conversations in school communities for people of all ages to engage with issues of social justice. The content and level at which our students will be engaged in the Black Lives Matter Week of Action at EVCS will of course vary depending on the grade level, but we have planned certain anchor experiences that all of our students will participate in. As the centerpiece of the week we have selected three books that align with the Black Lives Matter at Schools guiding principles to be read aloud in all of our classrooms on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. They are: Hair Love by Matthew A. Cherry, Kamala Harris: Rooted in Justice by Nikki Grimes, and Peaceful Fights for Equal Rights by Rob Sanders. On Monday and Friday our teachers will lead lessons that teach into and synthesize the big ideas of the week, and we will have a special pre-recorded School-Wide Morning Meeting to be shared during the week (day TBD).

Conversations about race are not always comfortable, but they are essential and necessary to have if we are serious about raising our students to be a generation of anti-racist people – and this work has never felt more relevant and important than it does right now. We expect that our students will have a range of responses to the activities we have planned, from piqued curiosity, to outrage or sadness, to empowerment and affirmation. Our teachers will of course be sensitive and responsive to all of the ways our students may react. Our core values are kindness, inclusion, social action, self awareness and joy of learning, and we will be putting those core values front and center, loud and proud next week. Thank you for your trust and support!

Stay warm and stay safe everyone.