Weekly Message: 01/12/2018

Hello Marvista Families,

We had an exciting week! On Thursday evening we had our 2nd Annual International Night! At this event, students and families celebrated our diversity by gathering together to share our many cultures through food, art and music. Students had the opportunity to visit booths hosted by families to learn about different cultures and get a “passport” stamped for each country or culture represented. We also enjoyed several performances.

I have a dream quote by Martin Luther King Jr. Chinese New Year Dragon art display from Miss Haisch’s class

Friday, students had the opportunity to wear clothing from cultures they identify with as part of our annual Martin Luther King Jr. and International Day Assembly. During the assembly we celebrated all cultures, learned about Dr. Martin Luther King Junior’s dream for all children and had the opportunity to see some of the special clothing children wore during a parade. A big thank you to Jaysea Smajlovic and her team for coordinating these powerful events.

These events were an opportunity for us to demonstrate our commitment to create a school that is welcoming for all and to help our students understand that no race, religion, ethnicity, ability or strength is better than another. We also emphasized how fortunate we are to be in a place that is so rich with diversity!

We encourage you to keep the conversation going at home. This short, easy to read article provides some resources and tools for having conversations about race with kids. You might find it helpful! Also, if you are interested in learning more about how to support your child on this topic, our PTSA is planning a parent education event for the spring on the topic so stay tuned for more details!

If you are looking for something to do with your kids on Monday to honor Dr. King, here are a list of events to do with kids while they are out of school!

Have a great weekend!

Melissa Pointer
Principal
Marvista Elementary
(206) 631-4200