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Notes from the Head of School: Thoughts for Martin Luther King Jr. Weekend

Posted By Administration, Friday, January 12, 2018

As we arrive at Martin Luther King Jr. weekend 2018, I think now, more than ever, it is important to recognize and honor all he stood for, and to have conversations with your children about the vision he articulated for America. ACS is a microcosm of what makes our country so wonderful, and a beacon of hope and light for the world. Our students learn throughout their time at ACS, and in particular in areas of our curriculum that explore the roots of our family cultures and traditions like Heritage Fest, that we are a country built by the hard work and sweat of our brethren across the globe. Sadly, some of this sweat was forced through the ugly institution of slavery, but Martin Luther King Jr asked us all to rise above this evil, and envisioned an America of equal opportunity, equal rights, and equal justice.

From the great farms and agricultural success across America, to the railroads built in the 19th century, to the start-ups in Silicon Valley, the success of America is because of and not despite the contributions and sacrifices that all of the families from all of the countries represented here at ACS have made to our nation.

The number one charge of a school is to keep its community members safe. The second most important charge is to live its mission and vision in support of the next generation. At ACS “ we strive to build a community where understanding and mutual respect are encouraged and where appreciation of the individual, civility, gratitude, honesty, kindness and consideration, responsibility and volunteerism are nurtured as the child’s moral development progresses.” This is a critical part of the ACS vision, and the adults in our community are committed to keeping these values at the forefront of the everyday experiences of our children. 

This weekend should be more than just three days away from school. Homework can wait, but finding time for opportunities to have the conversations with your children that matter the most should never be missed. Social media messages are not (yet) doing enough to emphasize the true reasons why America is and must remain the country where dreams and hopes apply to all of our citizens, here and across the seas.  Martin Luther King Jr. weekend is the perfect reminder of this, and can help open the doors to your children’s hearts.

Warm regards,

Paul Druzinsky
Head of School

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