Dear Pocantico Hills Community Members,
Like many Americans, I have been deeply troubled by the tragedy that has unfolded over the last several days in Charlottesville, Virginia. As a parent and an educator who cares deeply for students in our community and across our state and nation, I am reminded how critically important it is that we all unite in denouncing hateful rhetoric and violence, and reaffirm our commitment to building an equitable and inclusive future for our children.
Adults and children alike struggle to process and understand what has transpired, evoking a range of emotions, including fear, anger, confusion, and frustration. As parents and educators, we have a responsibility to respond to questions that young people are asking, helping them to understand what they are seeing and hearing in a manner that makes them feel safe and hopeful. By empowering our children through education to be informed and knowledgeable they will be ready to embrace the role they have in making the world a better place.
If you are looking for guidance in having these important conversations at home, the following links might be helpful…
How To Talk To Your Kids About The Violence In Charlottesville
Teaching Young Children About Bias, Diversity and Social Justice
We are a community that embraces diversity and honors the rich racial, cultural, religious histories and identities of all our students, families, and staff members. While we may not have all the answers for understanding and addressing injustices in the world, we as a school community have the resolve to do everything in our power to provide our children a positive climate that attends to race, culture, language, class, (dis)ability, gender, gender identity, sexuality, and religion of staff, families, and students. Our children deserve a world where love is stronger than hate, I look forward to our working closely together to make this our legacy.
Carol L. Conklin-Spillane
Superintendent of Schools
914.631.2440 x 703