Dear CMS Families,
The unprecedented event of the violence at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday and the aftermath of events has left many of us shaken, in a year that has already been extremely difficult and stressful. This is a year when we, as educators and parents, have had to use all of our reserves to keep hope strong, and our communications clear.
We never expected the pandemic, and we certainly never expected that our democracy would be challenged in this way. The unrelenting violence that harms people of color in every community in the United States is something that also must be discussed and navigated with our children. Racism, violence and hatred in any form is never acceptable.
We understand that the chaos, disruption and uncertainty may have affected your child. Children will certainly have questions about why this is happening, and wonder if everything going to be okay. We know that even if students do not come into the classroom talking about all these events, they are most likely thinking about them.
We recognize that our students need us, as teachers, administrators and parents, to help them make sense of today’s world on a personal, emotional level. As Montessori educators we constantly model, using Grace and Courtesy lessons, the civil and considerate way to talk about issues, and show by our behavior how to manage stress and frustration productively. We do this all while maintaining a strong and solid sense of community. At CMS, we always strive to provide our students with a safe place to express themselves and feel reassured.
We have a duty to keep hope strong for this future generation. Providing hope and a sense of stability amid chaos will not only empower our young people but encourage them to take an active role in building a healthier, more just future.
Dr. Montessori wrote, “True peace suggests the triumph of justice and love among men; it reveals the existence of a better world where harmony reigns. Preventing conflict is the working of politics; establishing peace is the work of education. Education is the best weapon for peace.”
We thank you for entrusting your children to us, and for remaining in partnership with us for the education of your child. As the old saying goes, “It takes a village.”
Please know that we always remain available to provide support, share ideas and engage in thoughtful discussion as we begin 2021 together.
Ms. Lise and Ms. Kim