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Principal Update, June 5, 2020
 
Dear Willow Families,

Good morning!  Next week is a three-day school week and our last week of instruction for the 2019-20 school year.  Our last school day is on June 10. I am grateful for your partnership in your child’s education.  I am grateful for the support you have given to our Willow staff, each other, and me this school year. I am grateful to have been a member of our amazing Willow community.

The LVUSD Board of Education held a special study session yesterday afternoon to discuss a virtual option for students for the fall of 2020. Our district leaders, in collaboration, consult and partnership with administrators, teachers, and parents, will be communicating soon regarding this option.  This option, we believe, will meet the needs of families who may not feel comfortable with an in-person school day for their children when our school sites reopen.

Our 5th-grade teachers, other Willow staff, parents and I have planned a celebratory culmination for our students on June 10.  We are so proud of our 5th graders, their efforts, and all they have accomplished during their years in elementary school.  We wish them well as they journey on to middle school.  Our 5th-grade student council members have shared in our Friday assembly videos that they will miss being on the Willow campus but will always be Willow Wildcats at heart.

The last two weeks have been difficult for many in our country.  I am moved by the peaceful protesters in our cities that are tirelessly seeking change. I have compiled a short list of resources that I would like to share in the instance you’d like to navigate racial equity conversations with your children. This is not meant as an exhaustive list, nor as the perfect solution for your family or your approach, but a place to start or add to what you may already have accessed. We miss seeing you and our Willow Wildcats and earnestly await the day we are back at school to see each other in person. 

Sincerely,

Principal Kintz


How To Talk To Kids About Race (Previously shared by Dr. Stepenosky)

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Sesame Street Town Hall (This Saturday)

Supporting Vulnerable Students 

Talking to Kids About Racial Bias

Children's Books to Support Conversations on Race

Beyond the Golden Rule