Note From the Principal
Tuesday, March 9, 2021
What a beautiful week we had last week! This week looks to be quite spring-like as well. I’m finding it more important than ever to intentionally remind myself of the things that bring joy to myself and others. For me, the last couple of weeks it has been sunshine, warm weather, family, friends, and the smiles, laughter, and excitement I witness with our students each day.
There is no getting around it, we are experiencing trauma on so many levels. At the building and district level we are navigating the changes that come with the Comprehensive District Design, while simultaneously working to navigate teaching and learning during a pandemic. In our city, we are dealing with the trial of Derek Chauvin for the murder of George Floyd while working to heal from the events of last spring. And across the country we continue to experience the devastation the pandemic has caused for so many, while publicly racist sentiments and violence towards people of color continue to be a daily reality. All of this, I imagine, has our adult community experiencing a range of emotions and fatigue. As I reflect, our current reality has led us to some new and important conversations.
At the school level, some of these conversations have been focused on how we support one another through these challenging times so that we can show up and be our best selves each day for our students. These conversations have served as a reminder to me about one of the guiding principles of the Responsive Classroom Approach. “How we, the adults at school, work together is as important as our individual competence: Lasting change begins with the adult community.” I see this guiding principle aligned to our Burroughs Community School Vision and Mission, and as something to hold on to for our entire adult community during these challenging times. Let’s work to hold one another accountable while supporting and lifting one another up as we continue to navigate the challenging times ahead.
Please see the important announcements below. As always, feel free to reach out with any questions that may arise. I can be reached by phone at 612-668-3298 or email me.