Talking to Children About Racial Injustice & Oppression

Dear Aidan Families,

As the school year comes to a close, normally we would be attending class gatherings, hugging, smiling, and feeling joyful about summer adventures. But this is not like any other school year or time that any one of us have ever experienced. 2020 has brought us uncertainty, fear, anguish, and uncharted waters. As we are still navigating a world with COVID-19, we are also navigating another kind of epidemic: racial injustice and oppression.

We are watching protests over the killing of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and Breonna Taylor, erupt around the world and in our own community. How do we not only bear witness and process what we are seeing, feeling, thinking, ourselves, but talk to our children about this experience? And how do you continue to have these necessary and ongoing discussions that go beyond diversity: topics about racial injustice, inequities, and oppression?

These are conversations that must be had to ensure that we are raising our children to be future global citizens who not only embody the values of empathy, compassion, kindness, and peace, but also be able to be seen, heard, and understood.

Here are some resources to help you talk to your children:

This was to be my 11th and final year at Aidan. It felt like the right time to transition on to new adventures. But now it doesn't feel like the right time to say goodbye. I want to be able to support all of you all and all of our students, as we navigate these uncertain times.

I hope I can serve as one of your anchors, through these choppy waters. I hope I can be an ally, and see, hear, and understand all of you. I hope you can feel safe with me and know that I will support you however I can. I look forward to having these conversations with you.

May your summer bring you some kind of peace, safety, and restoration. 

In partnership,

Jessica Kwerel

School Counselor

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