June 2, 2020

Message from Sage Oak: June 2, 2020

Dear Sage Oak Students and Families,

As an institution of education, we take pride in creating and sustaining an environment that is inclusive where all students, staff, and families feel valued, safe, and supported. As such, we stand in solidarity with you during these difficult times in our opposition to racism and violence and in our support of equality. Together we feel the collective sadness we are experiencing as a nation. 

Our students are our future and their experiences during their time at Sage Oak will help shape them both academically and civically. Today, we were truly inspired by our future generation as we graduated 74 seniors and saw the way our future leaders embody our Sage Oak values in their service to our community, respect for self and others, and their resiliency during times of adversity. We are confident that this up-and-coming generation will continue to provide hope and positive change through their words and actions, and our goal is to support them on this path.

To our students who are struggling – we continue to be here for you and to offer support through our Sage Oak counselor, Allie Whalen. You can reach her directly at awhalen@sageoak.education or you can schedule a time during her office hours using this link.

I am proud of the Sage Oak community and know we will work collaboratively to uphold our values and take time to be intentional in spreading kindness, practicing empathy, and listening to each other through the lens of positive intent.

Sincerely,

Krista Woodgrift
Executive Director

We would like to share some helpful resources, including books and articles written by professionals to help parents and children understand this complex issue.

How to Talk to Kids about Race and Racism
Beyond the Golden Rule 
Sesame Street in Communities: Community Violence
Talking to Children about Violence