Elementary Principal Letter

Dear ANCS Elementary Families,

It’s been a great week with getting our cohort two (The Temple of Zoom) learners acclimated to the new routines and procedures in the building. I can’t begin to tell you how great it has been to see students in our building again and see our hybrid program working well for all our students.

February is Black History Month and while it will look different than years past, we do still have a lot planned to celebrate it, thanks to hard work of Tilifayea Griffin and a team of dedicated teachers. Here are some of the events we have planned here at the elementary campus. More information for all of this will be available soon.

  • Our entire school community is invited to submit videos, slideshows, etc. of any new learning that is relevant to Black History Month. This is similar to what students would have had the opportunity to do in morning meeting in pre-Covid times. Our plan is to post these on the HOWL 2.0 site to share with our whole school family so we can enjoy learning from one another and celebrate our individual learning, as well.
  • We will have a celebration week during the week of February 22nd with a theme for each day. Classroom teachers will share more about the theme for each day and we encourage all of our learners to participate, whether they are learning virtually at home or in-person in the building.
  • There are a few other things in the works and Ms. Griffin will be communicating with our school family once those plans have been solidified.

It is important for me to note that while we are highlighting African Americans and significant historical events in history during this period of time, we recognize that one cannot separate Black history from American history as a whole. Though we are choosing to highlight certain African Americans 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, Carter Godwin 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!