• This past week

    Hi Rider Families,

    There are a few things that I planned on emailing about today, but I first want to take a moment to address events that have taken place since the senseless killing of George Floyd last week.  

    As we have been facing this health crisis together, we must also continue to stand together to face racism and violence that plagues our community and our nation. As a district we hold racial equity and social justice as one of our core values. Our students at Roosevelt are very aware of issues of race and racism in our community and our country, and it's hard to be away from our students as we all try to make sense of the state of our country right now. There is a lot of information on social media that students are seeing, so checking in with your student about what they are thinking and feeling can be a helpful way to start a conversation with them about the current events happening across the country. There are a few resources that parents can use to help with these conversations. A list of resources for parents has been compiled by the Center for Racial Justice in Education. There are two publications Beyond the Golden Rule: A Parents' Guide to Preventing and Responding to Prejudice and Let's Talk: Discussing Race, Racism, and Other Difficult Topics with Students both from Teaching Tolerance that can be used as well.
    In times like these, I am always so proud of our students and teachers. We come together and support each other to try and make sense of the senseless. Our students find ways to take action and give voice to the harm that racism creates for all of us. I know I miss our students now, more than ever. If your student wants to connect with teachers, or their counselor - please urge them to do so. Though we aren't physically together, we are all still Riders.
    Go Riders,