A Letter from Head of School Gretchen Larkin

Dear CRS Community, 
 
The horror of yesterday's assaults, the devastating emotions elicited by the insurrection in Washington, and the blatant display of white supremacy are frightening. As violence unfolded at the Capitol and in the midst of trying to unpack it all ourselves, I know that the CRS faculty’s minds immediately went to how we might support our students today. Conversations across campus have been thoughtfully framed to help students process what they’ve seen and heard. There is also intentionality in these discussions to help students understand both the historical context and the implications for the future. 
Dear CRS Community, 
 
The horror of yesterday's assaults, the devastating emotions elicited by the insurrection in Washington, and the blatant display of white supremacy are frightening. As violence unfolded at the Capitol and in the midst of trying to unpack it all ourselves, I know that the CRS faculty’s minds immediately went to how we might support our students today. Conversations across campus have been thoughtfully framed to help students process what they’ve seen and heard. There is also intentionality in these discussions to help students understand both the historical context and the implications for the future. 
 
For our youngest children, we need to address concerns as they arise, appropriate to their age, similar to any conversation that takes place so they may feel safe at school. Our teachers understand that different children will have varying degrees of knowledge and comprehension about what happened and they will continue to navigate these discussions accordingly. For our eldest, we need to remain focused on achieving justice and how they can help change the course of our future. Most importantly, for our children and faculty of color, yesterday’s attack in our nation’s capital was yet another painful example of institutional racism laid bare for all the world to see. We remain committed not only to equity and inclusion at Charles River School but also to dismantling racism in our community and beyond.
 
Upholding Democracy should not be left solely to elected officials. We need to work together for a more peaceful future - one that looks wholly different than the hateful and racist actions on display yesterday that have plagued our country since its founding. As a community, it is with collective responsibility, strength, and determination that we will continue to work towards facing these challenges together. 
 
In partnership,
Gretchen
 
If you or your child would like additional support, please feel free to contact our school counselor, Hannah Sokol at hsokol@charlesriverschool.org 
 
Below are several resources that may help guide you in conversations with your children around yesterday’s traumatic events:
 
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