Special Message from our Head of School
Ciao La Scuola Family,
I know this is not the day that I normally speak to you, but I couldn’t wait until Thursday to express the heartbreak and the sadness that we have all been feeling because of the senseless death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.
I just want you all to know that we have been talking about it. We have been crying about it. We believe that it’s not just heartbreaking but completely unacceptable.
Know that at La Scuola, we continue to do the necessary work to make sure our next generation of students will truly bring meaningful change. You probably know that this year we implemented the Pollyanna Racial Literacy Curriculum for Kindergarten to Grade 8 and that we are extending it to our Preschool years as well.
We want to have a deeper conversation around this topic. It’s no longer enough not to be racist. We all need to be aware of the difference between not being a racist and also being an anti-racist, and really playing an active role in building an anti-racist society. A society where the events that happened last week will no longer be accepted or tolerated and hopefully will not happen again.
I want to make sure that in our La Scuola fashion, we also listen to the students’ voices. This morning, we had an assemblea with our middle school and the students shared some very insightful and deep thoughts. We heard them and we are proud of what they shared and what they said. This includes their message of hope, their outrage for what happened that now has them thinking they will not be bystanders but they will be upstanders and hopefully will bring a much-needed change.
I also want to reiterate that we stand behind our values of being Open to the World, being compassionate, and continuing to bring a message of peace. We believe that sharing our voices and protesting can be done in a peaceful way.
We are here to help you if you are unsure of how to talk to your children about this. Know that we are here for you, your teachers are here for you and this whole community is here to support you in this conversation. We are also here if you have been personally affected by this. We want every child in this city and in this country to be able to walk outside feeling safe, independently of the color of their skins, or their political views, or religious views.
- NY Times: An Anti-racist Reading List
- Anti-Racism Resources
- National Geographic: Talking to Kids About Race
- NPR - Talking Race With Young Children
- Parent Toolkit - How to Talk to Kids about Race and Racism
- Affirming Black Boys outside the Context of Police Brutality
- 31 Children's books to support conversations on race, racism, and resistance
I would like to end with the words of Mahatma Gandhi: We must be the change we want to see in the world.
Being outraged is not enough, so let us all be that change.
Valentina Imbeni, Ph.D.
Head of School