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    Letter to Families June 18, 2020
    Posted on 06/19/2020

    June 18, 2020

    Hello Leschi families and scholars,

    This year has been filled with so much joy and excitement along with wonderings and dismay; but we have truly grown along the way. When I think of the work that has be accomplished in just a short amount of time; I hope you will say with me- “This was our time to shine!” (I love poetry)

    Yes, we had some struggles, and everything wasn’t perfect. But I must tell you when I thumb through the yearbook, I smile at all the events, and opportunities for learning that happened. All the smiling faces and closeness and love being shown. There were some tears from both scholars and adults and restorative circles, class meetings, discussions and we worked things out- because together we are better #Leschistrong.

    When Covid 19 came and we had to shuffle from our schoolhouse- this was challenging to say the least- yet we managed to right ourselves and 100% of our students and families were engage. Thank goodness for Amazon, our PTA and CAYA for supporting with technology devices for students and our amazing Instructional and Bilingual staff. We understand that distance learning is not ideal, but we are in a much better place than when we started in March and we all have learned skills that we may not have had if Covid hadn’t happened.

    Our mindfulness and resolve are strong. Our teaching staff, support staff, community organizations, families, students and perfect strangers have all leaned in together to help Leschi Elementary stay afloat and sail on. WE made it! And a special congratulations to our 5th grade class of 2020.

    Then race relations became the big story. For some it’s always been the story. We are seeing images of violence against African Americans that mirror 60 years ago happening today in 2020. This is our time. We have an opportunity to impact the trajectory of what is expected of ourselves, and those who we have in leadership.

    Many thanks come to mind- too many to quantify; so, in the words of our Kindergarten teachers: “Reach up and pat yourself on the back and kiss your brain because you did a good job.”

    No one knows what the future holds- but whatever you do make it count. I understand that my mother and father, with the wisdom of my grandmother and great grandmother and my great -great grandmother Silvia Veal raised me for such a time as this.

    In closing- I encourage you and yours to remember and walk in the words of our school song, “I am here for success, I am here to be my best, and I won’t settle for anything less.”

    Yours in service,

    Lisa L. Moland
    Principal Leschi Elementary