Over the past five days we have held our collective breath in grim anticipation of yet another horrid sequence of events that has become all too familiar. The murder of yet another person of color in our country, George Floyd, has brought us to our knees. After weeks and months filled with undeniable reminders of the vast inequities in our country–where African-American men are hunted down for jogging in a white neighborhood, where a white woman uses her privilege against an African-American man and uses his skin color as his weapon, where COVID-19 infections and death rates in African-American and Latinx communities far exceed those in other areas–we are forced to once again face the deeply-rooted injustice and racism that plagues our country and our people.
As a community of educators, this presents an enormous challenge; yet this also speaks to our calling. It is our responsibility to help change the future by shaping the way our children see each other, process information, and make decisions. Today, amidst the anger and all of the violence, we believe that the glimmer of hope lies in the children who walk through our doors every day. (Or, in the case of these last few months, who we see on our screens.) It is our solemn vow to you that we will never give up on the opportunity to change the trajectory of humanity for the better.
The diversity in our Pine Village community is what sets us apart; it is the fuel that has allowed Pine Village to be 450 families and 20 years strong. It is our message and the basis for everything we do. Together we represent what is good and right, and it is during these days filled with fear that we get to look deeply inside and commit to doing better. We must do better and we must be louder and stronger than before in our message and our commitment to treat every human being equally and with respect.
Even though we are not physically together, please join us in spirit wherever you are and commit with us that we stand together united in our mission for diversity, equity and inclusion for all.
This Museum of Science, Boston Facebook post is a few weeks old, but what isn’t old is how much young children–well, children of all ages (from 1 to 92!)–love pictures of animals. And it’s also an awesome opportunity for us to be able to highlight the fact that the Museum of Science has a huge amount of content on their website right now for activities at home. There are things geared towards all ages, as well as information in English and Spanish. Take a look at https://www.mos.org/mos-at-home and then start scrolling.
All PVP locations are currently closed and the plan right now is to re-open on Monday, May 4. The decision was made based on information from the CDC and Department of Public Health and their recommendations to be proactive and alleviate additional stress on the system. All current families have been notified. (If you are a current family and did *not* receive that message, please let your director know.)
This has been a difficult but clear decision for us to make. We know that this creates additional disruption during what is already a difficult period; however we are confident that this is the best and most responsible decision to make not only for our families, but for our teachers and administrative staff, who are all also attempting to balance their care and love for your children with the needs and health of their own families.
We are planning to be in touch with our families during this period so that your children can continue to maintain some type of connection with the friends and teachers they love during what is a very uncertain and frightening time. We spent the last two days creating our Pine Village Online Academy for current families. If you are a currently enrolled family, you should have heard from your director with more information, including a note about virtual and live meetings. If you did not hear from them, please do send a note to your director.
While we know it’s important to support our teachers and staff in creating these experiences for you, we are also committed to answering all of your questions. We are still working on the specific details for this and will have an opportunity for you to ask more questions and receive answers very soon. Trust that we have been reading, reviewing and logging all of your comments and questions as they come in. We have used them as talking points in our meetings and will bring you answers and more information very soon.
Please continue to be in touch. We thank you for your understanding as the response time of all of us—directors and administrative staff included—may be a bit delayed as we are also managing this quarantine with our families. But we are so grateful for the ability to remain in communication with you during this time.
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to Emma LaVecchia directly. In the meantime, we wanted to share a huge thank you to our families for your kindness and your love as we too have been trying to navigate this uncertain time.