BF Day PTSA President

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June 3, 2020

Dear B.F. Day students, families, and friends,

These historic times have torn great holes of loss within our collective lives. 
COVID-19 took away our in-person community. But we gained time to celebrate our health and spend time with our immediate famlies. We also were given new challenges in distance learning.  One of my greatest joys is seeing my 2nd grader interact daily with her class on a Zoom meeting. She knows how to get herself set up on the computer and also to do her work digitally. In addition to schoolwork, our children are learning things that are not necessarily academic. These tools will serve them in the future lives.
 
The tragedies of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and Breonna Taylor have created huge waves of sorrow in our families and in our city. We are grateful to Seattle Public Schools, and especially the leadership at B.F. Day in helping us navigate the grief of our current events. We hope for long-term systemic change in the way our black families and students are regarded and treated.  SPS has already been doing this work, but there is much more work to do. Your powerful voices are drops of hope that we cling to. Let us make a future where there is both justice and peace for all.
 
The B.F. Day PTSA is here to support you in whatever way you need. We will find ways to feed those who need food, we will provide emotional support.  Our teachers are desperate to find ways to connect with their classroom kids (many times while teaching their own children at home).  I have heard many stories of our teachers deeply missing the kids, the reason why they chose to be educators. The PTSA wants to help make and maintain these connections. 
 
We are here for you. Let us see you in your struggles. Let us celebrate your tiny victories.  B.F. Day is, and always will be, the Family School.  
We love you and wish joy to fall upon you daily.
 
 ~Jamé
BF Day PTSA President