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    Welcome Back Kimball Families!
    Posted on 10/01/2019
    This is the image for the news article titled Welcome Back Kimball Families!September 16, 2019

    Dear Kimball Families,

    Welcome again to the 2019-2020 school year. It’s been wonderful to have all the returning students back in the building and to welcome kindergartners and other new students. We are so glad everyone is here!

    As many of you know, at Kimball we are working hard to improve student achievement. In particular, we are striving to close opportunity gaps and to ensure racial equity for students of color farthest from education justice.

    For more details, please see Seattle Public Schools strategic plan: Seattle Excellence. (https://www.seattleschools.org/district/district_quick_facts/strategic_plan)

    Unfortunately, over the last year, there have been white nationalist and other hate groups active in the Beacon Hill area. Hate speech or actions are not tolerated at Kimball or at any other Seattle public school. We want people to be safe, and we want people to feel confident in standing up to messages of hate. Here are some resources for how to respond to hate groups:

    https://www.niot.org/stop-hate-action-kits/community-response-to-hate
    https://www.tolerance.org/
    http://www.partnersagainsthate.org/law_enforcement/resources.html

    Furthermore, at Kimball, forming strong relationships with students and families is at the heart of what we do. We want all of our families to feel valued and supported. Here are just a few of the ways we are doing that:

    Communication and Relationship Building
    • As part of wanting all of our students to feel safe, welcome and an integral part of our school community, we seek to get to know our students deeply and to build relationships with all our families. This looks like teachers authentically getting to know students, positive phone calls and meetings with parents, ensuring that students are visible in what we teach, celebrating all of our cultures in appropriate ways, and more.

    Professional Development on Wednesdays 2019-20
    • Once a month, all staff members will work on Foundational Knowledge based on Zaretta Hammond’s book, Culturally Responsive Teaching and the Brain.
    • Once a month, all staff members will participate in equity book clubs with additional texts, videos, and professional development.
    • Once a month, all staff members will participate in PLCs (Professional Learning Communities) where they will analyze student work and plan instruction.

    Racial Equity Team
    • Our Racial Equity Team includes staff members and parents and is responsible for reviewing school decisions and activities with an equity lens. We have a variety of meeting times this year in order to accommodate as many schedules as possible. Upcoming meetings include September 26 at 2:45 pm, October 3 at 6:00 pm, and October 17 at 2:45 pm. All are welcome.


    We know as parents and educators, September and October are two of the busiest months of the year. There is lots of paperwork, multiple school events, and lots of things to remember. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to our office if you have questions. We are thrilled to have the year underway and to be getting to know you and your children.

    Sincerely,

    Melissa Gray and Ericka Pollard