A Letter from Mr. Vega on the Election.

Good morning, Bates Community.

Yesterday our country and the Commonwealth voiced their collective opinion in the democratic process as they selected our future leaders and made decisions on important ballot measures.

The Phineas Bates Elementary School has 7 racial demographics, 15 home languages, and 31 national origins. We have gender non-conforming students and students whose interests align with our society’s gender norms. We have students who open gifts on Christmas, who read from the Torah, and who proudly wear headscarves daily as part of their Muslim faith. We also have students who practice another religion that we celebrate with them or no religion at all. One quarter of our students have disabilities and are educated in the same classrooms as their peers. Some of our students are descendants of the Pilgrims and some moved to the United States within the last year. Our students come from families with different political beliefs and may have different feelings around the outcomes of this Election. 

Our school is a snapshot of this country in a building of 300 students. We are faced with the task of creating an inclusive environment that celebrates and honors all of these differences, and we strive to get better at that every single day.

We know that students will have different reactions to the outcome of yesterday’s Election. We honor our democratic values and traditions and we will carry on with our mission to educate, support and prepare our students for success. I am writing to assure you that the Bates remains a safe and supportive environment for all of them. If you have concerns about your child and how he/she/they may be processing the Election and would like some extra support at school, please let us know. You can also read this message from Superintendent Chang to learn more about resources to support students. 

As always, I am so deeply humbled and honored to work with children every day. They consistently remind me of my own values and give me the strength it takes to build a school where they all feel loved. And I assure you—they are all loved.

Yours in the Culture of We,

Andrew

4 Comments Add yours

  1. Kathleen W. Smith says:

    As a former Bates teacher (retired), you make me proud! Our appreciation of diversity was simply expected in the years I spent at the Bates. Your continuation, and your communication with the Bates community is inspiring. Thank you!

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  2. Winona Glascock says:

    I am a former student of The Bates Elementary School and had an amazing experience there with a diverse group of friends. My younger brother went to The Bates as well and through out the years, the best consistent thing about that school, is the people it brings together and the teachers who inspire such wonderful kids. I am so happy to hear this positivity regarding a subject matter that is very sensitive right now.
    Keep up the Great Work Bates Community!!!
    -Winona Glascock

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