Dear Stoneman Community*
As I write this note to you all, it’s been a week since the elections and it’s been a very emotional time for many of us. We have seen adults bully others in ways we would not accept from our children. We have heard hateful speeches and angry promises instead of the values of listening carefully and speaking calmly. We have entered a time that seems to have more questions than answers.
Now, more than ever, our schools must exist as a calm center, a community hub, a safe place.
In this season of Thanksgiving, I am thankful to be a part of the Stoneman community. I am thankful for our diversity. It can make everyone stronger as we learn to work together in positive ways, setting good examples. We are enriched by the many experiences we bring together in this very special school.
I pledge to you that I will do everything I can to make sure that you and your family feel safe and included and cared for each day at Stoneman.
We will continue to welcome everyone who walks through our doors. Wherever your family has come from, either recently or hundreds of years ago, we welcome you. Whatever language you speak in your home, we welcome you. Whatever your family’s beliefs, we welcome you.
Yes, our primary goal is to educate every child who walks through our doors. And we will continue to do so. But we are committed to doing more, to caring for the whole child.
Of course, this is a work in progress, and we are not perfect. As we do this work together, if you or your child experience problems, I want you to let me know.
For now, let’s be kind to each other. Take a moment to smile and say Hello. Let the other members of our community know that you are glad they are here.
Be Thankful, as I am thankful for each of you.
Wishing all of you Peace and Joy and Love and Laughter,
*Stoneman Community includes parents and grandparents and students and teachers and office staff and food service folks and custodians and classified and painters and gardeners and drivers and all our neighbors and…