This evening we watch as a collective as our democracy is at work. Undoubtedly, this year’s election, a global pandemic, virtual schooling, continued racial injustices, and myriad other events are creating a sense of anxiety and worry that is unprecedented. However, this is also an incredible learning opportunity for our students as they are living through history. As a school, we believe in supporting one another as a community and taking time and space to process what we are feeling.
Thanks to our Mental Health Team, we will have processing spaces for students available on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. Students can come together and have a facilitated discussion and share their reactions and feelings to our national election.
We’ll use 2 channels in the KCC Team to conduct sessions.
|11/4 – 1st and 2nd Grade||11/4 – 3rd Grade||11/5 – 4th Grade||11/6 – 5th Grade|
|Trowers and Diesner||Ayers||
|12:30 – 1
|12:30 – 1||12:30 – 1
|12:30 – 1|
Feeling anxious this evening? Join Mo Willems this evening for a Democracy Doodle 2020. Checkout this NPR article: Don’t underestimate the power of doodling. In a democracy, Mo Willems says, “voting is a lot like doodling. It’s a form of self-expression, and you discover sort of who you really are as you do it.” On Election Day (7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT) on the Kennedy Center’s website, Willems will encourage self-expression for anyone who tunes in to Democracy Doodle 2020, regardless of age or political persuasion.
This is a great family event for the evening to enjoy one of our favorite children’s authors and some soothing doodling as we wait for the votes to counted.
Need resources to talk to your kids about the election? Below are some great ones!
- Five Easy Ways to Talk to Kids about Voting – PBS
- Sesame Street Election Day special
- TedED lesson on the Electoral College
- Here’s also a Social Story on Change by our very own Mental Health Team
- NY Times Article: How to talk about the Election with your kids. Even if you’re stressed.
Finally, don’t forget the Chancellor is hosting a Town Hall on Wednesday, Nov. 4 at 5:00 p.m. to discuss the ReOpen plans. You can also contact DCPS at with your questions around our revised reopening schedule. Please also join us Thursday, 11/5 at 6:30 pm for a Parent Huddle. We will discuss the recent changes to the plans for Term 2 and talk about what might come next.
Please take care of yourselves, take some deep breaths, and remember that you are part of an incredible community. We will get through this together. If you haven’t already, please go vote.
With love and gratitude,