Thank you to everyone who helped shine light on, and honor, the contributions and experiences of black people during Black History Month. Students, teachers, and parents partook in an array of events highlighting Black excellence, suffering, and the need to lean in to the uncomfortable work of becoming antiracists. Here again is a useful link if you are unsure where to start on that journey.
March is Women’s History Month, dedicated to reflect upon and remember achievements of women in our society, culture and history.
- Enjoy exploring this timeline of women’s history.
- COVID-19 has disproportionately affected women. Learn more about this topic in this video by PBS.
Last week the Acalanes community had the pleasure to host in conversation the activist, chef, rower, and author of “A Most Beautiful Thing,” Arshay Cooper. The event was enjoyed by well over 200 people, as Mr. Cooper shared his story of poverty, fear, chance opportunities seized, grueling hard work, and success. He offered true inspiration and insight to all of us through his storytelling, reminding us that “there is talent everywhere,” asking us to consider “what is on the other side of this event/experience/moment,” encouraging us “to become a school that is a voice not an echo,” and during all of this “to give what hurts to get better.” Discomfort is part of the journey to becoming better. Thank you to our student and adult moderators, and to the Acalanes administration for helping bring this event to us.
- If you attended the Arshay Cooper Zoom event, please take this 5 minute survey to help us enhance our programming.
Thursday Mar 25 from 6-7:30pm
The last AUHSD Book Club Event of the year will be hosted by Las Lomas High School. The book selection is “Becoming” by Michelle Obama (adapted for young readers). RSVP here. Las Lomas is encouraging purchase from Marcus Books in Oakland to support a local black business.
Wednesday March 3, from 7-8:30pm Racial Equity Series, Session 5
Reminder to join Dr. Lori Watson for a discussion on “Children and Race” this Wednesday. Zoom link will be sent out to all those registered prior to the meeting.