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February 22, 2017
Dear KLSD Community,
Last Thursday night, we held a meeting open to the entire community in order to share information and facilitate conversation, following the recent incidents of swastikas found on school property.
More than 100 people attended the meeting. Parents, community members who do not have children in our schools, teachers, administrators, students, and local faith based and municipal leaders all joined in the conversation that lasted about two hours.
Understandably, there is great frustration that such hateful behavior occurs in our community. At the same time, there was a great deal of energy focused on how we best move forward. There was also acknowledgement of the complex range of motivations behind such behavior and recognition that the response and the ongoing work must be multi-faceted and extend beyond the schools. Most importantly, there was momentum in the room around wanting to make a positive difference.
As to what’s happening within our schools, here are some examples:
On the night of the meeting, among the points I emphasized are the following:
I am enormously appreciative to all who have offered support, who participated in our meeting, and who want to continue working together to maintain a safe, compassionate environment for children. My thanks to all those community leaders who work to support the same children we serve and who have made connections with us during these challenging months. Those connections make us stronger as we move forward and continue this work.
Superintendent of Schools
For my previous letter on this topic, click here: community letter jan 24 2017.docx
For additional information on the history and impact of the swastika symbol, click here: Swastika ADL.pdf
Dates, Locations, and Times for the remainder of this year's Superintendent's Coffees:
Wednesday, November 30, 2016 - Meadow Pond Elementary - 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Monday, December 12, 2016 - Katonah Elementary - 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Friday, January 27, 2017 - Increase Miller Elementary - 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Wednesday, April 19, 2017 - John Jay High School - 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.