Elementary Principal Letter

Dear ANCS Elementary Families,

It was so wonderful to see our students back in person yesterday! Getting kiddos out of the cars with coats, hats, backpacks, water bottles and bins was quite a feat, but you all remembered all that and that is amazing! On top of that, the vast majority of our students came to school with surgical masks. Thank you for all you are doing to support our safety measures and to partner with us. We appreciate you! 

Had we been in person last week, we would have spent the majority of our morning meeting talking about Martin Luther King, Jr. and his contributions to the world. I would have told our school family that in 1983, legislation was signed to create a federal holiday to celebrate the birthday of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. However, this was a long struggle and it wasn’t until 1986 that the holiday was actualized and citizens across the United States were given a day to honor one of the most inspirational speakers and leaders in American history. Martin Luther King, Jr. would have turned 93 years old this year!

We are talking and singing about MLK, Jr. in our morning meeting this week. Ms. Wawerna is teaching the school a song that was written in the style of Stevie Wonder, so it’s fun and funky and packed full of great facts. I shared this quote from Dr. King with our school family and we are focusing on being the best version of ourselves during our mindful moment each day. “Be a bush if you can’t be a tree. If you can’t be a highway, just be a trail. If you can’t be a sun, be a star. For it isn’t by size that you win or fail. Be the best of whatever you are.” 

We have a celebrations committee here at the EC and they are working on our Black History Month celebration, which we will begin in February and extend into March. I will be sharing more about what we will be doing in school and ways that you can extend learning at home in my upcoming courier letters. 

I hope you have a wonderful remainder of your week. As always, I am happy to answer any questions you may have. 

Wishing you well,