June 2, 2020

Dear PS9 Families,

As a school community committed to honoring diversity, we feel a heightened sense of duty to address injustices in our society. “In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.” Martin Luther King Jr.

Yesterday, our staff came together to assess the impact of racism in our society and discuss how they feel about being change agents in order to support the ‘whole’ child and ultimately the whole school with this important work. I hope you join us in having these critical conversations with your children about unity, connection, peace and love so that together we can work to address the injustices in our society.

The recent death of George Floyd highlights the mission of all schools in the work of raising a generation of children who value unity over separation. The mission of our school requires us to show up each day as role models, change agents, and as co-creators within our community. As such, the culture that we exude as a community is a direct reflection of our collective thoughts and will resonate more strongly than our words can. The current tragedies have made me and probably you question a lot of things. The lack of humanity raises the question of us all, how can we help? How do we ensure students understand that this world is not a better place when we all look, think, speak and act in the same way?

Our team is committed to the work ahead starting with revisiting our school mission at this Thursday’s staff professional development to ensure the PS9’s core values around diversity are embedded. This work will require ongoing reflection, trust and community collaboration with students at the heart of all we do. Thank you for your partnership as we work together to support all of our children.

In unity,
Fatimah Ali