“Democracy is an act that requires participation, organization and dedication to the highest principles. It is an act, and a series of actions that require us to continuously verify our commitment to civil rights and social justice at every challenge…we still have a great distance we must travel before we build a Beloved Community, a nation and a world society at peace with itself.”
U.S. Representative John Lewis, 2008
Congressman Lewis has been a steadfast icon in the Civil Rights Movement, marching alongside Martin Luther King, Jr. in the quest for equality, tolerance, and social justice for all mankind. February is Black History Month; I think it is a prudent time to address intolerance that may be impacting our schools and our community and to celebrate the diversity that exists. I’d like to believe Radix is a welcoming and safe place, where individuals dare to be themselves. I’d like to think that, regardless of race, nationality, or gender, all are treated respectfully and fairly. I’d like to end each day with a secure feeling that our students, our children, are extended opportunities that serve only to build them up and challenge them to become thinkers, doers, and defenders of humanity. Regardless of which side of the political aisle one may be, hopefully, we can all agree that our children deserve the best chance at life that we can give them. I plan to do my part!
Sometimes, it takes, as Singleton and Linton (2005) describe, “Courageous Conversations” to help navigate the muddy waters of intolerance, racism, and elitism. As educators, we can try to provide a platform for such conversations, however, we also need parents and guardians to partner with us to help eradicate prejudice and intolerance, as there is NO place for it at Radix!
This month at Radix, please prepare for:
- Friday, February 2nd all members of our school community, students and staff, alike, are encouraged to wear Eagles Green! Classes are having a door decorating contest and students are practicing the Eagles chant for some Friday fun!
- Early Dismissal Feb. 5th, 6th and 7th for grades 1-4. Kindergarten and Pre-K will attend their regularly scheduled A.M./P.M. session.
- Tuesday, February 6th all parents/guardians are invited to our PTA meeting at 7:00 in the Media Center.
- Happy Valentine’s Day- February 14th.
- Monday, February 19th, school is closed for Presidents’ Day.
- Friday, February 23rd is the annual Tricky Tray Fundraiser from 6:30-11:00 p.m. Come out to support the PTA who is raising funds to support our students and school. (In the event of inclement weather, the event will take place March 2).
- Saturday, March 3 is the next PACE (PArents Caring about Education) meeting at 9:30 in the Media Center. All are welcome.
Even though we are at the pinnacle of the football season, I’m inviting parents/guardians to consider the wonderful teachers we have at Radix because the Phillies are hosting their 18th Annual ENGIE Teacher Appreciation Night in May. In order to celebrate our All-Star teachers, we need folks to nominate teachers for their hard work and dedication to our students. If you have a teacher you’d like to nominate go to phillies.com/teachers. Winners will be chosen by a Phillies panel. The nominators, along with the winners, will participate in an on-field awards ceremony prior to a Phillies game on May 11th, as well as receive complimentary tickets to the game.
A note from Mr. Adams: “I am continuing to work with the students, either one on one, in small groups, or through classroom lessons, on character development. The students are learning about how to be successful in all areas of social, emotional, and educational advancement. With this success, they will be able to create a positive school environment, that will in turn spread to the neighborhoods of Williamstown and beyond."
In the spirit of Valentine’s Day, Frank Sinatra once said, “A simple ‘I love you’ means more than money!” I wish you all a Happy Valentine’s Day- one filled with love, tenderness, and smiles!