As a school community of the Handmaids of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, we are dedicated to celebrating diversity and acting as leaven for community building. We strive to create an environment that welcomes and values all people. We are grateful for the diversity of our families and work to cultivate an appreciation for how they enrich our school community. With the R.I.C.E values as a guide, Ancillae-Assumpta Academy commits to: share responsibility for educating and supporting our community, work interdependently with families to share resources and promote networking, creatively promote the celebration of our diverse community in our classrooms, and empower all to share their unique gifts and varied experiences.
Students at Ancillae-Assumpta Academy learn about our diverse world and its people through a variety of age-appropriate activities, lessons, and presentations beginning in pre-school and deepening in complexity as they move into our upper grades. Diversity topics are addressed in the curriculum, natural connections are made with the calendar, and our own students' diversity is highlighted through special presentations.
The faculty at Ancillae-Assumpta Academy play an active role in creating and sustaining a learning environment of inclusion, equity, and respect. On-going professional development and a commitment to practicing daily what we believe leads teachers and staff in their efforts to teach students the skill of embracing diversity. Steps include: appreciating ourselves, recognizing others' diversities, appreciating others, planning, and implementing.
The community of Ancillae-Assumpta is encouraged to participate in our Diversity and Inclusion group. Please see our resources available on the Parents page in the Diversity and Inclusion Group folder. The purpose of this group is:
- to bring families together and support the school's commitment to diversity and inclusion.
- to bring broader awareness and education to our school and to our children about family types, cultures, races, national origins, religions, and abilities.
- to partner with the school to build and sustain a community at AAA that is supportive and encouraging of diversity and inclusion.
- to provide support, resources, and advice for diversity and inclusion efforts across the school with curricula and co-curricula that appropriately reflects diversity and inclusion.
COMPASS Update: November 6th
An email was sent last week to parents who signed up for the COMPASS contact list. It included a brief statement about COMPASS as well as our slide deck from our general body meeting on October 11th. Additionally, there was a link to a short informational survey in order to make our current contact list more complete and to help us learn more about what kinds of programs, activities and experiences you believe would benefit the school and our children. If you haven't yet kindly follow the link and complete the COMPASS Survey We would love to hear from you! There are opportunities for parents to support the AAA community by supporting COMPASS! We appreciate every family at AAA and look forward to meeting and hearing from you. Many of you have expressed your interest in COMPASS and in opportunities to promote inclusion at the school. Contact member of the Leadership Team (see below) with questions. We are happy to chat. REMINDER: COMPASS' next meeting is Wednesday, December 6th at 6:30 pm in the Fiat Library. We hope to see you!
Alyson Beasley-Bradley – firstname.lastname@example.org
Ayana Bradshaw – email@example.com
Crystal Slater – firstname.lastname@example.org
The image of a compass helps our community to visualize the direction of our diversity and inclusion goals. Visit the Diversity and Inclusion Folder on the Parents' Page for resources.