RHS Coffee Chat June 8th @ 3pm
Mon, Jun 8 3:00pm-4:00pm
Redwood Heights Elementary
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 In Solidarity

Dear Redwood Heights Community, 

I wanted to take a moment and reach out to you all.

This past week I have had a range of emotions as I am sure many of you have had as well in witnessing the loss of Black lives - George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Aubry.  I am feeling anger about police brutality and the public lynching of George Floyd as the officer held his knee on Mr. Floyd’s neck while officers participated and did nothing to stop the mayhem and save Mr. Floyd’s life even when he said I can’t breathe and called out for his mother.  And yet despite these circumstances, I feel a sense of hopefulness knowing that millions of people are protesting through our nation, and the world saying enough is enough and that we must do things differently. The good news is that all walks of life and ethnicities are standing up against the atrocities of racism in our police departments. 

In this call to action, I am reminded of our commitment to social justice at Redwood Heights to ensure all students are treated equitably so that they feel safe and secure—physically and psychologically.  Many of you may recall, in the Spring of the 18/19 school year the Redwood Heights teachers, staff and I,  agreed to do everything in our power to end discrimination based on race, gender identity, disability, or expression at our school. As the principal, I take these matters very seriously.  Our goal is to be an anti-racist school because all students deserve to live and learn in the comfort of their own skin. To combat racism at Redwood Heights we will continuously consider how our academic resources, policies, and behavior management practices might be racist. We will continue to ask, Who do the practices and policies benefit and whom do they disadvantage? 

This is not a time for us to look the other way. Parents I am asking for your commitment to ending systemic and structural racism at Redwood Heights.  We must lean into each other and work from a place of love so that we can create a nurturing environment for ALL of our students to thrive. I welcome your participation in this ongoing process of self-reflection, community dialogue, and action.  Please feel free to reach out to discuss your questions and concerns.

To support us in this endeavor I am resending resources from our HUGS Counselor, Jennifer Wilson to support you in your process.

Please join us at our coffee chat next Monday, June 8th, 2020  @ 3 pm. 

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Meeting ID: 812 0669 9452 Password: 544433

We are offering up this time for people that would like to come together, process what is going on in our nation, and think about what we hope for our children at RHS.

In Solidarity,

Cynthia Bagby-Ellison, Principal.