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Bradford School News

6-5-20

“The opposite of racist isn't 'not racist.' It is 'anti-racist.' What's the difference? One endorses either the idea of a racial hierarchy as a racist, or racial equality as an anti-racist. One either believes problems are rooted in groups of people, as a racist, or locates the roots of problems in power and policies, as an anti-racist. One either allows racial inequities to persevere, as a racist, or confronts racial inequities, as an anti-racist. There is no in-between safe space of 'not racist.”

- Ibram X. Kendi, How to Be an Antiracist


Conversations on Race and Anti-Racist Education
• As the events of this tragic moment in our nation’s history continue to unfold, we want to provide you and your children with our support and guidance as we work together to cope, to heal, and to become the change. We understand that conversations about race are not easy to have with your children. However, it is our belief that conversations around race and racial injustice are critical in helping us move toward a more just society. Click List of Resources for Parents.pdf and you will find information and resources about how you can talk to your children about race, diversity, equity, and inclusion.

• As educators, we embrace our responsibility to teach our students about racial injustice and inspire them to work toward its end. We at Bradford are committed to ongoing professional development in this area because, as Christina Torres wrote in The Urgent Need for Anti-Racist Education (Education Week, August 2019), "The work we do in our classrooms may feel like a small drop in the ocean, but we know that what we teach our students can help turn the societal tide. Teaching anti-racism...can support a cultural shift that helps dismantle racist beliefs in ourselves and each other. If we teach our students to work against white supremacy and racism, we can help create a world that no longer nurtures hatred, but actively challenges the hateful beliefs that lead to targeted violence." It is incumbent upon us, as educators, to be honest about our racist past and present, and to teach, as Beverly Tatum writes, that "a vision of change is possible."

• You may be interested in a collaboration between CNN and Sesame Street; these networks are partnering to host a Town Hall for Kids and Families tomorrow, June 6th, at 10:00 a.m. Click here for more information.


MFEE Teacher Toasts – Message from the MFEE
• Each spring, The Montclair Fund for Educational Excellence (MFEE) launches Teacher Toasts, a time when families and staff gather to celebrate the end of another successful school year and thank our teachers. Because our world has changed, our Toasts have to change, but our need to honor, celebrate, and thank our teachers is greater than ever. This year, MFEE is offering two ways to honor your teacher.

• Host a Virtual Toast: Choose a special teacher, para, coach, or other community member you would like to honor. Come up with a creative way to do this virtually! Consider a bingo night, a scavenger hunt, a cocktail night or art project party.

• Buy a Teacher Tribute: Donate ANY amount to MFEE in honor of a teacher or staff member and that person will receive a special card notifying him/her of your donation, and you can include a special message!

All funds raised by toasts and teacher tributes will go right back to Montclair teachers in Fall 2020 in the form of teacher grants awarded for innovative ideas. A core priority for MFEE has always been to fund teacher innovation in the classroom, and the single biggest source of this funding is Teacher Toasts. Visit MFEE.org to honor your teachers.


Ordering School Supplies for Next Year
• Bradford will be working again with 1st Day School Supplies to supply your children with their school supplies for next year. 1st Day School Supplies is convenient, easy and hassle free and allows you to purchase school supplies from the comfort of your home! Your school supplies will be delivered to your child’s classroom for the first day of school. You can make your purchase right now.


Wishing you a wonderful weekend!

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