June 3, 2020
Dear Wells Road Families,
Over the last few days, the national and local news have been filled with stories and vivid images of conflict and unrest in our country. This information can be very disturbing to both adults and children. We are all trying to grapple with the stress caused by these unsettling events in the midst of the global pandemic. This is not easy for any of us!
Some of you have already reached out to inquire about materials that may support having difficult conversations with your children. There are no magic words, but here are some links to resources that we hope will help you to address your children’s questions and social-emotional needs.
As I mentioned before, please feel free to reach out to Dr. MacDonald, Mrs. Jackson or myself if your child is in crisis or if we can be of any further assistance.
Resources for Parents:
Resources for Childrens’ books that address race (historical and modern references):
· Your for Justice, Ida B. Wells- Philip Dray*
· Can I Touch Your Hair? Irene Latham*
· A Picture Book of Rosa Park*
· The Other Side- Jacqueline Woodson*
· The Undefeated- Kwame Alexander https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_cHIWtl8PNk
· Something Happened in Our Town- Marianne Celano https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=whR_JIzknpo
· Not My Idea- Anastasia Higgenbotham https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-yafHWbDisI
· Smoky Night- Eve Bunting https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uaoBX4RdMas
· Woke: A Young Poet’s Call to Justice- Mahogany Brown https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=62LqRh4qUgU
· Let’s Talk about Race- Julius Lester https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zoDUJY9u9Jw