Some Resources for Parents

June 12, 2020

 

Dear Parents,

All of us at RSU 63 would like to commend you for your support of our students during these difficult times.  To parents who are on the front lines as first responders and health care workers, we thank you for keeping our community healthy and safe.  For those parents who continue to put your lives on the line to go to work to keep our grocery stores and gas stations open, we thank you for allowing the rest of us to get the supplies we need.  For those parents working from home, we thank you for taking on the additional fulltime job of teaching and child care that changed to "in-home" when we had to close our school buildings.  For those parents who have lost their jobs, our hearts go out to you.  Please do not hesitate to reach out if we can provide food or other assistance.

2020 has proven to be a challenging year and unfortunately the future is still uncertain.  All of our lives have been, and will continue to be, disrupted by the pandemic.  Our nation is grappling with tough realities like high unemployment, incredible loss of life, and the quest for racial equality. We want you to know we are appalled by the tragic death of George Floyd, disturbed by the riots and looting, and stand in support of the peaceful voices speaking for change.  All of these events can be difficult for children to understand and talk about.  As educators, we have committed ourselves to creating schools that are safe and welcoming places for everyone.  With our students, we think and talk about things like race and skin color.  We believe we all have a role in working together to develop a more peaceful and inclusive society.  We encourage you to talk with kids of all ages about race and help them understand the information they may be getting from the news and social media.  We know some of you are hesitant to talk about what is happening across the nation. We do not expect families to talk about the violence, but hope you will share in general terms how people of color are being treated unfairly and how we can all play a role in helping our world be kind and fair.  We know your child's safety and emotional well-being is the first priority so below are some links to tools and resources to help facilitate these conversations.

Talking About Race: Resources for Holden and Eddington Elementary Schools

What to Say to Kids When the News is Scary

Talking to Children After Racial Incidents

Embrace Race

On a much lighter note, we also wanted to leave you with some safe, family-friendly, summer time activities here in Maine.

Places to Go and Things to Do

We are proud and grateful to be a part of this community.

Sincerely,

Susan M. Smith, RSU 63 Superintendent of Schools