Board of Trustees Messages

Dear MSA Families,

MSA was founded in 1970, a turbulent time as well.  Our school has built a diverse and inclusion community, across students and staff, since then with a goal to provide peace for all.  This is the reason we have a Peace Pole in our parking lot, to celebrate and always remember peace and love. 

With this in mind, we have been thinking about the events within the US during the past week and struggle to find the right words to say.  We are saddened and outraged by the deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and others, as well as the broader divisions and inequalities that are apparent and pervasive in our society.  Like you, we are frustrated and torn by how to explain the events to our children and grandchildren in a way that helps them understand why the world feels so strange and unfair, while giving them hope that things will get better. 

As parents and members of our communities, we have an obligation to be ever vigilant and proactive to ensure that each of us, as individuals and as members of a democracy, take a principled stand for what is right and good.  We owe to our children, each other, and ourselves to ensure that our values of diversity and inclusion are backed, daily, by words and deeds regardless of the situation.   We need to strive to be better and demonstrate these values to our children, living what it means to respect and value each other truly, whoever the other is.  

What we do matters.  How we do it matters just as much.  And we cannot fix what do not discuss.  So we need start by taking the time to have the conversation, no matter how uncomfortable or difficult it might be.  We encourage you to take advantage of resources for children and families on the topic of race and equality.  One resource is a Sesame Street – CNN hosted Town Hall for children on “Standing up to Racism” scheduled for this Saturday, June 6th at 10am:

https://www.cnn.com/2020/06/02/us/cnn-sesame-street-standing-up-to-racism/index.html

Other resources are articles on how to talk to children about racism:

And a Parent Toolkit on “How to talk to my kids about racism”:

https://www.parenttoolkit.com/social-and-emotional-development/advice/social-awareness/how-to-talk-to-kids-about-race-and-racism

Key to this to is help them understand what is going on and give them the confidence that they can make a difference.  

We recognize that our perspectives on these events is limited and that all of us process things differently.  So it is important that we listen to each other, learn, and demonstrate empathy and mutual respect.  

As always, we thank you for your support and for your partnership.  We stand with you and our community for meaningful change and will continue to try to embody the values of diversity, inclusion, respect, and empathy because it is the right thing to do.

MSA Board of Trustees

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