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Superintendent's Update - January 11, 2021

Good Morning,

Happy New Year! We are excited to welcome our K-6 students back to in-person learning this week. This will be an unusual week since we will attend four consecutive days with Friday off giving students a 4-day weekend. The following week will also be a four-day week running Tuesday – Friday. Calendars are posted on the website and your school will also provide information in their newsletters.

Our food distribution including 10 breakfasts/10 lunches will take place at the Whitmer High School Field House on Wednesday, January 13 from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Many of our Career Tech students will be volunteering on Wednesday, so be sure to stop by and watch these all-star volunteers in action.

The events of the past week have caused deep emotions. We cannot take a blind approach with all that has happened. Our kids are watching events they do not understand and this has the potential to cause trauma.

There is immense pressure to say the right thing. There are no perfect words to bring a guarantee of safety or peace. Our kids have been through so much these past few months. As we unpack these events, let’s do so with an essential understanding that each of us can play a role in making the world a better place, starting with our Washington Local community. The most important thing you can do for a child right now is to provide space for them to have conversations with you and allow them to have a safe place to validate their concerns.

Earlier last year, I referred to this pandemic period as a time to slow down to the speed of life. This is a time when we need to stop and listen. In his second inaugural address, President Lincoln said, “With malice toward none, with charity for all ... let us strive ... to bind up the nation’s wounds ... to achieve a just and lasting peace amongst ourselves ...” We can each strive to do this, one day and one act of kindness at a time. Our Washington Local counselors and staff are here for our kids. If you need resources to help with these conversations or you'd like your child to meet with one of our counselors, please reach out to the counselor in your building(s).

Next Monday, I traditionally attend the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Unity Day Celebration at the University of Toledo. It is something I look forward to each year. This year, you can attend with me since it will be held virtually. Use this link to log on and enjoy some of the best talent in Toledo as well as incredibly inspiring speeches and words from author Austin Channing Brown. I promise, it will be worth your time. The event begins at 10:00 a.m.

Be well. Take care of yourself and others!

Kadee Anstadt, Ed.D.
Superintendent/CEO
Washington Local Schools
3505 W. Lincolnshire Blvd.
Toledo, OH 43606
419-473-8220
Cell: 419-343-096
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