Good morning kind and caring friends,

It is important that our scholars show kindness to one another so that we can do our best learning.  Students need to feel safe and respected not only in our classrooms but in the hallways, in the bathrooms, outside at recess, and on the bus. I want all my Tesfa scholars to understand that “if it is mean, we will intervene.” Small behaviors such as rolling your eyes, turning your body when someone is talking, and making mean or hurtful comments about others will not be tolerated. If you see these small mean things happening, you can take action.  I need my students to respectfully speak up against the things that are unkind and unfriendly.  Use my words…”Stop it. We use respectful words and body language in this school”. When you feel safe, you are ready to learn.  Thank you for helping to make Tesfa a place where everyone is accepted for who they are and uniqueness is appreciated and valued.

At Tesfa, we have students with many different types of beliefs. It is okay to have different perspectives but we must understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.  This Wednesday is the International Day of Tolerance. The International Day for Tolerance is a time for people to learn about respecting and recognizing the rights and beliefs of others. It is also a time of reflection. The purpose of this day is to educate people about the need for tolerance in society and to help us understand the negative effects of intolerance. Building tolerance and trust in diverse communities is not done overnight, but takes time and commitment. Change starts with you.