Dear Parents,

Welcome back, and Happy New Year! 

We have had a wonderful start to our new year, with students and teachers diving into new learnings. Students in middle school are working fervently on completing their Social Justice Data Fair projects for their upcoming presentations, while third and fourth graders are steadily working on preparing their play for the Peace and Justice Assembly.

This year will also mark the anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King’s assassination. For many of us, this will be a time of reflection as we think about the implications of losing one of the greatest social justice activists our country has ever seen. For others, it will be a time of action, or perhaps some combination of both. In either case, I invite you to think about the words of Dr. King when he stated: “There comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but he must take it because conscience tells him it is right.” At Ancona, we take a position and we care about the fundamental dignity of every human being. We are an organization that will continue to challenge students academically and educate the whole child in the context of activism and care. 

For those of you thinking about how you might want to spend time with your children on this momentous day of commemoration, take some time to peruse the the options being presented by the National Civil Rights Museum. This link will take you to a wonderful symposium they are hosting called “Where Do We Go From Here”; the symposium is happening in April with tickets still available. 

We are off to a great start, and I look forward to a strong finish.