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    Black Lives Matter at School Week
    Posted on 01/31/2020

    Dear Dragon Families,

    Black Lives Matter at School Week: Next week, February 3-7, is identified in Seattle Public Schools and in schools across the country as Black Lives Matter in Schools Week. As we are promoting equity and social justice in our schools and communities, we believe that this call-to-action week is important in educating our students (and ourselves), as we all continue to become upstanders, allies and accomplices for good in our society and in our world.

    (Some of this information is taken from https://blacklivesmatteratschool.com/)

    Black Lives Matter at School is a national coalition organizing for racial justice in education. Educators, students, parents, unions and community organizations are encouraged to join the annual week of action during the first week of February each year.

    The Black Lives Matter at School movement started as a day of action in Seattle during the fall of 2016, when thousands of educators in Seattle came to school on October 19th wearing shirts that said, Black Lives Matter: We Stand Together,” Hundreds of families and students did, too. Many of the shirts also included the message, “#SayHerName,” a campaign to raise awareness about the often-unrecognized state of violence and assault of women in our country.

    Since 2016, during the nationally-organized week of action (Black Lives Matter at School), thousands of educators around the U.S. wear Black Lives Matter shirts to school and teach lessons about structural racism, intersectional black identities, black history and anti-racist movements.

    The lessons that educators teach during this week of action correspond to the thirteen guiding principles of Black Lives Matter:

    • Monday: Restorative Justice, Empathy and Loving Engagement
    • Tuesday: Diversity and Globalism
    • Wednesday: Trans-Affirming, Queer Affirming and Collective Value
    • Thursday: Intergenerational, Black Families and Black Villages
    • Friday: Black Women and Unapologetically Black

    We know that the lessons that take place in Kindergarten will be different than those in 5th grade. The above-mentioned themes and guiding principles are an umbrella for the week, but day-to-day lessons and activities in the classrooms will be developmentally appropriate to the age and grade of students. We want our students to have a strong sense of self and identity as they learn to be positive upstanders and contributing community members.

    The SPS Ethnic Studies Advisory Group has been working on lesson plans for teachers and staff, in conjunction with SEA’s (Seattle Education Association) Center for Racial Equity. Teachers have access to many different lesson plans and resources to bring into the classroom.

    Please let me know if you have any questions. We look forward to our continued partnership with parents and community.

    All the best,

    Sarah Talbot
    Principal, Lowell Elementary School
    206-252-3020