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    June 2020 Principal Updates
    Posted on 06/12/2020
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     June 12, 2020: Exciting News From Our Library!

    Library Book Returns AND Summer Library Services

    We'll offer curbside drop off at school this Friday 6/19 from 9-11am.  In order to ensure the safety of our staff and students all library books returned will sit for 1 full week before they are officially checked in.  Any student who wishes to keep their library books for the summer may do so.


    In addition, we are able to also offer continued library services this summer.  Please see the attached promo along with our summer reading promotion.  We'll offer book drop off, maker activities and continued book delivery June 24, July 8 & 22 and August 5.  All incoming, current and former Eagle Staff Students can take advantage of our summer library services.  If you have questions, please e-mail Ms. Wynkoop rlwynkoop@seattleschools.org

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    Join our Eagle Staff Racial Equity Conversations

    June 9, 7 pm-Link to Zoom Here or

    June 10, 7 pm-Link to Zoom here

     June 8, 2020

    As a white mother of three children, I have been thinking, reflecting, and reflecting some more. Most of you know me as an Assistant Principal at Robert Eagle Staff, focusing on calling out racist structures and doing as much as I can to dismantle them.  All that said, talking to my five year old about what is going on right now in the world as a result of systemic racist structures has rocked me. AND this is my work to do. I must become more comfortable and skilled at this so I ensure the world I am raising my kids to be Antiracists. One article I read was inspiring as it was written by an African American mother to White Parents. Author, Ibram X. Kendi recently did an interview that provides a glimpse into his teachings that can be found in his book, How To Be an Antiracist. I am sharing these resources hopefully to begin engaging in this work together. This can be in small groups talking about specific topics having to do with acknowledging ones white privilege and bias in order to commit to being and raising Antiracists. Below you will find additional books that can support in this work.  Please reach out to me directly if you are interested in working together and I will be happy to help organize book/work groups. 

    Thank you all for your support and work!

    Katie Pearl, Assistant Principal

    kmpearl@seattleschools.org

    For Parents: 

    How To Be An Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi - In his memoir, Kendi weaves together an electrifying combination of ethics, history, law, and science--including the story of his own awakening to antiracism--bringing it all together in a cogent, accessible form. He begins by helping us rethink our most deeply held, if implicit, beliefs and our most intimate personal relationships (including beliefs about race and IQ and interracial social relations) and reexamines the policies and larger social arrangements we support. How to Be an Antiracist promises to become an essential book for anyone who wants to go beyond an awareness of racism to the next step of contributing to the formation of a truly just and equitable society.

    White Fragility: Why it’s So Hard For White People To Talk About Racism: In this “vital, necessary, and beautiful book” (Michael Eric Dyson), antiracist educator Robin DiAngelo deftly illuminates the phenomenon of white fragility and “allows us to understand racism as a practice not restricted to ‘bad people’ (Claudia Rankine). Referring to the defensive moves that white people make when challenged racially, white fragility is characterized by emotions such as anger, fear, and guilt, and by behaviors including argumentation and silence. These behaviors, in turn, function to reinstate white racial equilibrium and prevent any meaningful cross-racial dialogue. In this in-depth exploration, DiAngelo examines how white fragility develops, how it protects racial inequality, and what we can do to engage more constructively.

    So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo - In this New York Times bestseller, Ijeoma Oluo offers a hard-hitting but user-friendly examination of race in America
    Widespread reporting on aspects of white supremacy--from police brutality to the mass incarceration of African Americans--have made it impossible to ignore the issue of race. Still, it is a difficult subject to talk about. How do you tell your roommate her jokes are racist? Why did your sister-in-law take umbrage when you asked to touch her hair--and how do you make it right? How do you explain white privilege to your white, privileged friend?

    For Parents and Students to Read Together (These are available in the RES Library): 

    Stamped by Ibram X. Kendi and Jason Reynolds - this is a young readers edition and is conversationally written and talks about the history of racism directly.

    Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehishi Coates - a letter the author wrote to his then 13 year old African American son.  It has been a little while since I read this book but I do think it would be great as a read aloud with a younger teen.  

     Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson - there is a young readers version of this that I am recommending.  My daughter just read this (14 yrs old) and we watched the film as a family.  There is so much pain and loss in the stories of the people Stevenson has worked to free from death row and many tears were shed.  For 11, this might be a read together title.  

    Ghost Boys by Jewell Parker Rhodes - An African American boy is shot and killed by a police officer and then observes the aftermath of his death as a ghost.  As a ghost he also meet Emmett Till. 

    From the Desk of Zoe Washington by Janae Mark - Young girl from a blended family find out her father, in prison for killing someone, might not be guilty and that this conviction may have been racially motivated.  This book has a neat and tidy ending but tackles the issues of racial injustice in our system of law very well.  

    Black Brother, Black Brother by Jewell Parker Rhodes - a story of two black brothers, one who presents and white and how they are treated differently because of how people see them.

    June 3, 2020: Our Commitment

    SPS and Robert Eagle Staff Middle School stand firmly with our students, families, and staff against the continued attacks on Black community members, including violence committed by law enforcement officers here in Seattle and are evaluating the role of School Emphasis Officers.