Mission and Responsibilities
Our focus is on Diversity (all kinds of people), Equity (fair opportunities for everyone), and Inclusion (Welcoming Everyone). Our vision is educational justice for every child at View Ridge Elementary
We strive to :
- Provide a space to listen to, engage with, and connect DIVERSE families and community members with the PTA
- Advocate for EQUITABLE opportunities and practices for School and PTA sponsored activities
- Ensure INCLUSION in access to school, resources, and activities
As part of this work we will:
- Develop guidance for examining existing and future PTSA programming through an Equity Lens
- Support the work of the View Ridge Staff’s Equity Committee
- Participate in the Northend PTSA Social Justice and Equity Partnership to leverage learnings and collaborative efforts with our neighboring NE Seattle schools
- Advocate for families who need support.
Diversity Equity Inclusion Meetings
DEI Meetings are the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of every month at 7pm
Equi-Teas, a community conversation about social justice, are the 4th Wednesday of every month at 7pm
FEBRUARY 2021 DEI EVENTS
- TUES, FEB 9 AT 7 PM : View Ridge PTA Meeting
- WED, FEB 17 – View Ridge PTA Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee CANCELLED MID-WINTER BREAK
- TUES, FEB 23 AT 7-9 PM: LISTENING CIRCLES for BIPOC Students and/or Students receiving Special Education, 504 and IEPs. Email for a link and click here for more information
- WED, FEB 24 AT 7PM : EQUI-TEA: WHAT IS RESTORATIVE JUSTICE? A DISCUSSION ABOUT THE FILM, JUST MERCY – READ MORE ABOUT IT HERE
- Saturday, Feb 27, 3-5pm – SCPTSA Anti-Racist Workshop with Erin Jones (Session 1 of 3) REGISTER HERE
Part 1: critical terminology (diversity, culturally-responsive practice, Equity, race, ethnicity, culture), unpacking your personal stories of identity and the role you play in your organization
February Features – Family Resources
- Check out the display at VRE Playground Black Lives Matter at School 13 Principles
- Anti-Racist Resources
- Black Lives Matter at School
- PTA Black History Month at Home
- Local Family Resources
MARCH 2021 DEI EVENTS
- Saturday, March 6, 2021 3PM – 5pm Part 2: critical terminology (microaggressions, bias, privilege, color blind vs color brave), understanding common narratives across the country, understanding the community you serve – REGISTER HERE
- Saturday, March 13, 2021 3PM – 5pm Part 3: critical terminology (interpersonal racism, internalized racism, structural/institutional racism, anti-racism), understanding the systems at play within and outside of your organization – REGISTER HERE
Community Involvement: Letter to SPS in Hiring our Next Principal
- Please include school or DirectorDistrict (Chandra.Hampson@seattleschools.org) in your emails.
- Please also be aware that written communications sent to Board Directors, including emails sent to email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org, are potentially subject to public disclosure, in whole or in part, pursuant to the Washington Public Records Act, RCW 42.56.
FORM LETTER :
Dear Superintendent Juneau and School Board,
My name is [INSERT NAME] . I am a stakeholder in the View Ridge Elementary community: I have [CHILDREN, AGES] attending VRE [FEEL FREE TO ADD MORE DETAILS ABOUT YOURSELF]
I am writing to advocate for community involvement with an equity lens in the selection of our next principal. To quote Wyeth Jessee, “All district and school-level decisions must be examined with an anti-racist lens.” And Interim Principal Henn said, “These commitments must be realized in partnership with families – parents and caregivers who know our students the best.” In order to heal and grow, a partnership with the community is essential to rebuilding trust with the school.
I support the PTA in forming a committee, specifically with parent and staff representatives from the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee, to participate in the hiring process for the next principal at View Ridge Elementary.Sincerely,
- Community Pantry : NE Seattle PTA Partnership
- One way the Thorton Creek PTA supports our community is by providing school supplies and other basic necessities to local families through a school pantry. This year, the Thorton Creek PTA Pantry moved off our campus and is growing into a NE Seattle PTA partnership to allow for broader access to more families. While TC PTA coordinates the pantry, it is open to all Seattle Public School families. Volunteers from our neighboring schools can help staff the pantry and donate items from our amazon and Target wish lists.
During the Covid-19 pandemic we have shifted our school pantry to a venue that provides access to families in the greater NE Seattle region. In partnership with Eckstein PTSA, TC PTA is offering a free community pantry hosted at Eckstein MIddle School.
When: Mondays and Fridays during SPS meal pick-up time, 11:15am – 1:15pm
Where: Eckstein Middle School parking lot, on the west side of the portables
The pantry offers school supplies, toiletries and household supplies, masks, winter coats, hats, gloves and more. We welcome feedback from our community via email or during pantry hours to ensure we are stocking items that are relevant to current needs. The pantry is located at Eckstein Middle School in the main parking lot on the west side of the portables. Look for the sandwich board on Mondays and Fridays from 11:15am – 1:15pm when remote learning is in session.
Upcoming Community Events
We are hosting a Listening Circles for our SpEd, IEP, 504, and BIPOC families to have safe space conversations, and for us to openly listen to your experiences at View Ridge and the surrounding community. This would be a safe space to start conversations and for Principal Henn to be an active listener and facilitated by our BIPOC (June Nho Ivers) and Special Education Liaison (KristinKleidon) for View Ridge Elementary School
Tuesday, February 23rd from 7:00-8:00
February 24, 2021 Equi-Tea: What is Restorative Justice?
DEI Committee is hosting a safe space conversation in an ongoing series to build a community charter. This conversation is honors the Black Lives Matter at School Curriculum on exploring the question “What is Restorative Justice?”.
About the Film
After graduating from Harvard, Bryan Stevenson heads to Alabama to defend those wrongly condemned or those not afforded proper representation. One of his first cases is that of Walter McMillian, who is sentenced to die in 1987 for the murder of an 18-year-old girl, despite evidence proving his innocence. In the years that follow, Stevenson encounters racism and legal and political maneuverings as he tirelessly fights for McMillian’s life.
A powerful true story about the Equal Justice Initiative, the people we represent, and the importance of confronting injustice, Just Mercy is a bestselling book by Bryan Stevenson that has been adapted into a feature film.
Streaming on HBO MAX, Amazon and Hulu. If you would like to participate in the conversation, but do not have access to these streaming platforms, please reach email@example.com
Monthly Features for DEI
September: Hispanic / Latino Heritage Month
October: Disability Awareness Month
November: National Native American Heritage Month
December: Human Rights Awareness Month
January: Martin Luther King, Jr. / Civil Rights
February: Black History Month + Black Lives Matter at School
March: Women’s History Month
April: Earth Day
May: Asian Pacific Heritage + Jewish Heritage
June: LGBTQIA+ Pride