Hope. Peace. Unity.
Good morning Northside Families,
Yesterday, our community began our second semester. I was simply planning to write to welcome you all back and wish you a fantastic beginning. However, our safe return to class and peaceful start of the new year was interrupted by the shocking, appalling images of the desecration of our Capitol. We bore witness to an ugly, desperate attempt to undermine our democracy. The disturbing images of rioters incited to violence by a leader bankrupt of the moral authority and character to lead were painful to watch. After an already beyond difficult 2020 where a pandemic has caused the deaths of over 350,000 of our fellow citizens, I know that this is not how any of us hoped to start 2021.
What is important to remember is that though dark events may have shaken us, we have not fallen. President-elect Biden spoke of the need for an immediate restoration of calm and joined Congressional members in a call for unity. Yesterday's incidents prove that we are stronger together and reinforced what we educators have known all along - words matter. The late, great, Congressman from Georgia, John Lewis, said, "Freedom is not a state; it is an act. It is not some enchanted garden perched high on a distant plateau where we can finally sit down and rest. Freedom is the continuous action we all must take, and each generation must do its part to create an even more fair, more just society." Today is a new day, and out of the chaos, there is a renewed resolve to stand firm and defend the values we profess to hold dear.
At Northside, we have core values to guide us. We are resilient like our Constitution. We teach respect. We teach children the importance of winning and losing with grace and humility because actions do have consequences, and integrity is most certainly important. Please know that this morning, our teachers will step into classrooms, either in-person or virtually, and provide wise words and sage counsel, as they always do, to help our students make sense of their world through empathy, truth, understanding, and kindness. They will continue to provide the care and concern you have come to count on as we all navigate these momentous historical times.
The dark days of both the pandemic and the political upheaval we are currently experiencing, I hope will soon be behind us. We must trust in each other and in what we know and hold to be true. We must forge ahead with great resolve, positivity, and the confidence that the examples we set have value. Our children are watching. The lessons we impart will teach them to show the strength of character that will hopefully keep them from ever making the terrible decisions made by the mob in D.C.
Hold fast to our message on social media: Hope. Peace. Unity. In community there is strength. Together we chart our course.
All the best,