Dear John Hay Community,
Many of you stayed up late last night in order to learn about the results of the presidential election. And, I want to recognize that many of you are feeling the impact of those results. Whoever you voted for, this election has been a difficult one for many. During this election season many of you have heard or seen many hurtful and hateful things in the news.
I want each and every one of you to know that here at John Hay we are more committed than ever to maintaining a positive school community that will allow you to learn as much as possible in order to achieve your goals in a safe, democratic environment.
As in all elections, this is a rich opportunity to learn about Democracy and how our country elects government officials, and the importance of informed voting. We must also focus on positive, proactive things each one of us can do to support the values that are important to us in our society.
At John Hay we work daily towards a school where students are safe, prepared, respectful and, perhaps most importantly, inclusive. We will support and stand by each of you. To paraphrase an article that I read this morning, the adults here at John Hay are here to support our students of every religion, of every political belief, of every gender, of every ethnicity, of every disability, of every background. You all matter to us and we will support you.
We do not tolerate bullying, intimidation or any other actions that perpetuate bigotry, stereotypes or racism. We are here to help you learn how to have productive conversations about world -wide events and to gain the skills necessary for you to become an active contributor to a positive community, be it here at school, in the city of Seattle or elsewhere in the country.
Moving forward I want you all to think about what you might be able to do on a daily basis in our community to show that you value a world of safety, respect for differences and inclusiveness for all. Even small acts can have a meaningful impact. We have many adults here at school who are willing to help you on your path.
Principal, John Hay Elementary