Fairmeadow Updates 3.24.21
Greetings Fairmeadow Community,
Happy Norooz (Persian New Year) to members of our community! This week we acknowledge and celebrate a “new day” which is one of the most important holidays in Iran. To learn more about the lovely traditions and celebrations of Norooz, please visit https://library.cityofpaloalto.org/blogs/post/happy-norooz/
Here are the updates for this week:
Principal’s Coffee: I will have a Principal's Coffee on Monday, March 29th at 9:00-10:00 AM
5-Day Hybrid Return: As communicated with you all this morning, we are bringing back current HYBRID students five-days a week in April. I’ve received numerous inquiries about switching learning models from distance learning/remote to hybrid. Unfortunately, we are not doing any model changes (distance learning to hybrid) for the remainder of the school year. As more information and details are figured out in the next few weeks, I will update you. I am happy to share that PAUSD intends to bring back ALL students to campus in the fall of 2021/2022.
Counseling Corner: STANDING TOGETHER FOR CHANGE
The March 16, 2021 shooting in Atlanta follows a trend of targeted acts of violence on AAPI (Asian American and Pacific Islanders) individuals. According to PBS, “hate crimes against Asian Americans in major U.S. cities surged by nearly 150 percent in 2020.” Our children are witnessing this surge of violence, in the middle of an already difficult year impacted by COVID-19. The National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) writes, “Schools play an essential role in countering racism and xenophobia, and in reassuring children and youth that they are valued and safe.” At Fairmeadow and across our district, we strive to create a community where violence, hate, and inequity is not tolerated. A community where all backgrounds, races, religions, and cultures are celebrated. “This includes reassuring children that adults will take care of them, modeling and teaching desired behaviors, countering misinformation and stigma with accurate information, speaking up against racist comments or behaviors, and reinforcing acceptance and appreciation for diversity as core values” (NASP, 2021).
This week for Counseling Corner, we are attaching a variety of resources to help families address these sensitive issues. You can find those resources here and below:
- Learn about The AAPI COVID19 Project: A collective research project examining the ongoing COVID-19 crisis as it shapes the lives of Asians, Asian Americans, and Pacific Islanders in the United States - https://www.aapicovid19.org/resources
- Explore the Asian Mental Health Collective - https://www.asianmhc.org/
- Volunteer to be a chaperone at Compassion in Oakland
- Read articles on the alarming violence against Asian Americans in RollingStone, CNN, NPR
- Read the Memorandum Condemning and Combating Racism, Xenophobia, and Intolerance Against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the United States
- Report any hate crimes against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders at Stop AAPI Hate
- Seek Justice and legal support if you have been the victim of a hate crime:
As always, please reach out to us if there is anything we can do to support you and your children. We stand with our AAPI and BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and People of Color) communities and are ready to support in any way we can.
Every week we will include a feedback survey so you can share your experience and feedback on the tools we provide. The survey can be found here.
Iris Wong, Fairmeadow Principal