June 15, 2020
Dear Our Lady of Grace Community
I hope everyone had a good and safe weekend. Composing this newsletter is a bittersweet moment. The bitter part being this parent newsletter to you all will be my last newsletter for this academic school year. The sweet part being that we all have made it to the end of this academic school year TOGETHER.
We can all agree this school year is like one we have never seen before.
We have gone from fighting COVID-19 to fighting against the hate in the world. We have made it to the end of the school year together, but we still have a lot of work to do as parents and educators for our children. Mr. Rogers once said, “As human beings, our job in life is to help people realize how rare and valuable each one of us really is, that each of us has something that no one else has- or ever will have- something inside that is unique to all time. It’s our job to encourage each other to discover that uniqueness and to provide ways of developing its expression.” As influential figures to our young minds it is important parents have those tough conversations with their children and it is important as educators, we create a safe space for children to explore and learn about themselves and others.
As parents/guardians all we want for our children is to see them happy and healthy. But happiness and healthiness start from within. As adults we know no one is perfect and we should embrace all of our parts, flaws and all. We must come together and teach our children this same mindset. We must remember our children we are like a box of crayons. Like a box of crayons, no two colors are alike, but all the crayons are important and have a purpose. If even one crayon is missing the box is incomplete. These kids are the future and it is our duty to encourage them to be their true authentic self and love others for doing the same thing.
There are many free resources out there to help navigate these conversations.
You can continue to educate yourself on how to speak to your child on the current events in the world by using platforms like Sesame Street or our PDHP YouTube page:
Before I close out this final parent letter there are a few people I need to thank for providing this opportunity to work with you all.
Thank you to The Diocese of Brooklyn and The Mother Cabrini Program.
Thank you to Ms. McManus for sharing these weekly newsletters with the Our Lady of Grace school community.
Thank you to those families who have continue to read the weekly letters.
Last but certainly not least, I would like to thank Dr. Tom Chadzutko for giving me this opportunity to work with these families and school community.