Dear Lafayette Families:
Over the course of the last week, we as a nation have experienced a rollercoaster of emotions on the heels of the election. Perhaps the most prevalent emotion amongst both adults and children – uncertainty. As the week progressed, I watched teachers lead incredible discussions with their students, provide space for thoughts and ideas, comfort and reassure students, and provide safety and stability despite the wave of uncertainty. We practiced mindfulness as a staff, held extra Peace Club for students, and led individual discussions for any student who had “big feelings” or just needed to talk. I also watched the adults in our community support one another, talk through unknowns, reassure one another, and truly love all those around us. Each and every person in our school community reinforced for the students and the adults what we believe in – loving everyone for who they are, kindness, grace, honesty, and peace. I could not have been prouder to be part of this incredible community.
As the week continued last week, we had the privilege of witnessing our inaugural “informance” in the new building – the 1st Grade Patriotic Informance. What an incredible way to refocus our perspective on our democracy and remind ourselves of the incredible country that we call home. Our 1st grade students gave incredible performances that brought tears to many eyes. Thank you to our 1st Grade teachers and parents for their roles in such a special and timely informance.
In other news, the gym is almost done. The floor was useable for voting last Tuesday, but there remain a handful of repairs to be completed before it is released for general use. I expect the repairs and finishing touches to be made in the next two weeks. I know that we are all anxious to use the incredible space, but it is important that it is completed correctly before we begin to use the floor for PE, basketball, etc.
In other construction news, they have begun the final push for the landscaping and site work. You will notice that there are several areas that are being dug out, with drains installed. These are bioretention areas that help us met our storm water reuse regulations. Please be very careful at drop off and pick up! I expect there to be a healthy amount of construction in front of school and along Northampton over the next several weeks. Please keep children away from all of the open areas, new plantings, and construction areas for their safety. Please also DO NOT PLAY on the playgrounds. They are not finished, nor are they permitted for play.
I hope that this week brings kindness, peace, and answers as our families and our students look to the future. I will leave you with a quote from Frederick Douglass: “It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.” You have my commitment that every day we work collectively to build strong children that embody grace, kindness, love, acceptance and intelligence. They are indeed our future and I am honored to be a part of Lafayette.
Take care of yourselves, one another, and your neighbors,