Sunset Park SchoolIssue 30Fall 2019
FROM THE PRINCIPAL’S DESK
Dear Families of Sunset Park School, PS 169,
We are so excited to welcome you to the 2019-20 school year! We look forward to getting to know our new students in Kindergarten and continuing to see our older students grow.
We are incredibly grateful for the work you’ve done as the caretakers, guardians, and parents in the educational journeys of your children. We are committed to providing all our students with the social and emotional -support they need to succeed in the rigorous academics we value.
The beginning of the year can bring mixed emotions to our families and community. At times, we may be filled with joy and excitement in this celebratory time. At the same time, we may feel a sense of anxiety, concern, and fear that may stem from many shifting environments—from the shift in season to the shifting climate of our nation.
We want to acknowledge that many of our families and community members continue to feel like targets due to their immigration status, their language, their skin color, their religion, and their race. Some have expressed serious concerns around deportation, others have shared concerns around their level of patriotism and the fear of attack if they don’t outwardly show their patriotism. At any level, this fear needs to be recognized.
We know that this fear impacts the community we serve and that this directly impacts the lives of our children. As educators we believe that we have a stake in these issues.
We want you to know that we are committed to supporting our community in any way you may need us to. Many of you have shared your fears with us and it has helped us design new initiatives. We will continue to ensure safe and healthy spaces that affirm the identity of each and every student.
This year our staff will also be immersed in issues of equity. This will help us all identify the assets your children bring and leverage their strengths to build a school of the community, for the community.
We welcome you, your family, extended families, and friends to a new school year. May it be one filled with learning, growth, and a sense of safety for our entire community. Please feel free to reach out to me or to any of our staff members with questions or concerns you have.