Letter from Dawn regarding a moment of silence tomorrow 3/14/18

Dear Families,

March 14 has been identified as a day for students across the nation to honor the lives lost in Parkland, Florida, on February 14.  Student-led “walkouts” are being planned nationwide at 10:00 am to last 17 minutes–one minute for each of the Florida shooting victims.

With the nation’s attention focused on issues of school violence, student safety, and civic engagement, this tragedy provides a teachable moment for our students and community.  While no student group has come forward to request a walkout, Springwater staff has decided they wish to recognize the moment and reflect on the importance of having safe and welcoming schools.  We will not focus on the recent events across the country, but rather the focus will be on how we take care of and befriend others.  The concept of “Walk Up” to others and be an “Up Stander” in the community will be our stance.

At 10am on our 100th day of school, (all cozy and safe in our PJ’s), each class, under the guidance and direction of the teacher, will take a moment of silence to reflect on the compassionate community at Springwater and the importance of kindness including being an “Up Stander” and talk about the “Walk Up”.  A tangible suggested action for the “Walk Up” will to empower students to connect with 14 other students and 3 adults during the day.

I encourage our adult community to also pause at 10am in honor of lives lost and join the nation, one school at a time, in building a safe, inclusive and civil world for our children to grow.

Peaceful Action,