A message from the Superintendent
June 2, 2020
Dear Chappaqua School Community,
During these unsettling times, our country has once again experienced a significant trauma that has destabilized and divided many. The recent racist incidents, both here in New York and in Minnesota, have illuminated the pervasive and systemic hate, inequities and oppression that people of color experience on a daily basis in our country. Our Chappaqua School Community is united in standing up against racism and discrimination in any form. We are both disheartened and angered by the senseless killing of George Floyd, and of the many men and women who have been killed before him, as a result of their skin color.
The CCSD stands in solidarity with the black and brown community and we are committed to taking an anti-racist stance. To that end, we continue to support our staff through professional development and share resources to support the learning experiences unfolding in our classrooms. Our work goes beyond teaching our students about the importance of compassion, kindness and inclusivity; our work is about informing our students’ perspectives so they can be equipped to disrupt the racist norms and constructs that still exist in our nation.
As a district, we are committed to having important conversations about social justice, and hope that you will join us in continuing these discussions with your children at home. To that end, we offer the following resources that can help to support our work:
- Coretta Scott King Book Award Winners: books for children and young adults
- 31 Children's books to support conversations on race, racism and resistance
- Parenting Forward podcast episode ‘Five Pandemic Parenting Lessons with Cindy Wang Brandt’
- Fare of the Free Child podcast
- PBS’s Teaching Your Child About Black History Month
- Talking to kids about discrimination
- Talking To Children About Racial Bias
As we move forward together, we ask that you join our faculty in seizing these teachable moments with your children so they are ready to engage in these difficult conversations and able to stand up and take the courageous actions necessary to bring about much needed change.
Should you have any questions or need our support, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us.
Christine Ackerman, PhD
Superintendent of Schools