Isolated but not alone…

Dear Methow Valley Students, Parents and Community Members,

Like many of you, the events of the last week weigh heavy on our hearts. While we remain focused on honoring the Class of 2020, we can’t deny the despair we and others are feeling fueled by the systematic injustices resulting from racial and economic inequities that continue to persist within our great nation, compounded by the current worldwide pandemic.

In a message yesterday, Dean of the Harvard Graduate School of Education, Dr. Bridget Long said, “The injustices we have seen in recent weeks are not new, and we are only seeing a small fraction of the millions of little cuts that take place each and every day. It’s time to stop believing that we will be a better society without the hard work of confronting and addressing what is fundamentally wrong”. In the coming months, we look forward to leaning into this conversation with you, addressing our role, our own privilege, and the opportunities available to us to create space for vulnerable, courageous, empathetic, and open dialogue. Our role as educators, parents, and mentors cannot be overstated.

Children raising their hands to show they careIsolated, but not alone… We want to remind you that we’re here for you during this difficult period of time. Your child’s teacher, our counselors, principals, superintendent, and other trusted staff members are prepared to make themselves available to you. Whether it be by phone, text, email, or Zoom, please don’t hesitate to reach out. Further, we want to encourage you to explore some of the resources listed below that are intended to provide guidance on how to talk to your children about traumatic events, racism, and other forms of social injustice and inequality. A couple resources include:

https://www.tolerance.org/
https://www.commonsensemedia.org/blog/explaining-the-news-to-our-kids

Opportunity resides within every crisis… As a country faced with significant challenges, we remain hopeful and optimistic about the future. What gives us hope? The graduating class of 2020 and our graduates who will follow them for years to come. Aspiring nurses, welders, engineers, physicians, diesel mechanics, future leaders, world changers… They are the “Pride of the Methow Valley,” reflecting many positive attributes, attitudes, and civic-minded spirit needed to change the world.

We remain hopeful in a better world and a more equitable, just future for our children.

Be Well,
Crosby, Sara, Paul, Tom

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