Letter to Families - June 5

Letter To Families - June 5
Posted on 06/05/2020

Dear Bruce-Grey Catholic School Community, 

We pray that as we move through this COVID-19 pandemic period you and your family are safe and well. We are truly living through historic times, one where communities pull together to support one another to get through this pandemic safely, and other scenes where we see racism alive in our world. As a Catholic School System, we have been reflecting on the recent events and we are truly saddened by what we have seen. Racism in any form, and in particular anti-black racism, has no place in our society or in our Catholic Schools. Racism is inconsistent with our beliefs as Catholics and who we are as a Catholic Educational Community. Moreover, it is inconsistent with the ten key virtues reflecting the qualities of character which we, as a school district, desire to see alive in all persons who comprise our Catholic educational communities and make up our Catholic Culture of Deep Caring. 

Much has been written and said about these events so far, but we think this quote from Michelle Obama in a series of tweets offers a heartfelt reflection: 

"Like so many of you, I'm pained by these recent tragedies. And I'm exhausted by a heartbreak that never seems to stop. Right now it's George, Breonna, and Ahmaud. Before that it was Eric, Sandra, and Michael. It just goes on, and on, and on. It's up to all of us-Black, white, everyone—no matter how well-meaning we think we might be, to do the honest, uncomfortable work of rooting it out. It starts with self-examination and listening to those whose lives are different from our own. It ends with justice, compassion, and empathy that manifests in our lives and on our streets. I pray we all have the strength for that journey, just as I pray for the souls and the families of those who were taken from us." Michelle Obama 

As Catholics we are called to see each other through God's eyes – with sensitivity, compassion and respect, and we see God in one another. As a Catholic School District we are committed to nurturing safe and inclusive learning environments where every student and every member of our community is welcomed, valued, and respected. 

Respectfully Yours, 

Lori Di Castri - Chair of the Board 

Gary O'Donnell - Director of Education 

Let Your Light Shine 

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