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Message from Dr. Cook with resources for families

Dear Lake Stevens School District families,

I wanted to reach out to you about the tragic events and tensions that are occurring across our country. It is essential that our students and staff members learn and work in a safe and inclusive environment that recognizes and respects people of all races, backgrounds and experiences. As a school district we will continue our commitment to focus on equity and culturally responsive practices for our students, staff members and families. 

Please know we are committed to creating a safe and secure learning environment where students have a sense of belonging. It is at the core of our work. We know that we still have a great deal of work to do, and together we will continue this focus. 

The following resources were compiled by the Puget Sound Educational Services District and may help guide your family’s discussions around racism, social justice, and equity. These conversations may be difficult, but courageous conversations impact change and growth. (Please note that we have not had an opportunity to thoroughly review each of these resources, and are in no way endorsing them. We simply wanted to pass them along.)

To our students and families of color, please know that we care about you. We hear you. We see you. We support you. You matter. 

Warm regards,

Dr. Amy Beth Cook
Superintendent 

 

Resources for families to talk to children about racism, social justice, and current events:

How to talk to kids about race: www.prettygooddesign.org/blog/Blog%20Post%20Title%20One-5new4?fbclid=IwAR3AAUwE1fAkbSqQqC63v_J2naTtW9FqB4VzfYwOfIZRatJ_ZlYFJ-3_Pe0 

Blog with resources for kids and social justice: www.rebekahgienapp.com/start/

Talking to your kids about racism, police brutality, and protests: www.ahaparenting.com/ask-the-doctor-1/talking-with-children-about-racism-police-brutality-and-protests

Multiple reading lists for kids about race, racism, current events in the media: