Dear ANCS Elementary Families,
I hope you have had a wonderful week and are looking forward to a great weekend. We are excited to be hosting our second annual Teacher Recruitment Fair tomorrow from 10:30am-12:30pm. It’s invigorating to meet educators who are interested in learning more about our school and how they might be a good addition to our school family. If you know of anyone that you think would be a good fit for our school, please encourage them to apply on our website.
We have also been busy meeting prospective families at our information sessions. We have another K-8 information session on Saturday, February 24th from 11:00-1:00 at the middle campus. If you know any families who may be interested in having their children come to ANCS, encourage them to attend this fair.
February is going to be a busy month here at the EC. It is Black History Month and we have a lot planned to celebrate! This year’s national theme is African American and the Arts. I will keep you all informed with all upcoming events and how you can get involved in future my courier letters.
It is important for me to note that while we are highlighting African Americans and significant historical events during February, we recognize that one cannot separate Black history from American history as a whole. Though we are choosing to highlight and celebrate certain African Americans and Black culture throughout Black History Month, it is important to us that students learn about famous, and not so famous, African Americans through our regular curriculum and in their own exploration of history.
Just a little background on how Black History Month was started. Historian, Dr. Carter G. Woodson, was concerned by what he viewed as scholarly neglect or misrepresentation of his people. In 1926 he announced the second week of February to be “Negro History Week.” This week was chosen because it marked the birthday of both Abraham Lincoln and Fredrick Douglas. Black History Month has been observed in America since 1976, but is also celebrated throughout the world, including Canada and the U.K.
As always, I am happy to answer any questions you may have. Enjoy the remainder of your week!
Wishing you well,