June 2, 2020
Dear Families and Students,
I wanted to reach out during these challenging times. Adults and children alike have been inundated with adversity and tested as individuals. We are entering the fourth month of a global pandemic that has killed over 100,000 in this nation alone. Protests and riots in response to racial divisions and the death of George Floyd are occurring all over the nation. It is natural for children to be affected and question what is happening in our world.
There are outlets at NYA in our students’ teachers, advisors, and staff members. Many classes have taken the time to engage in positive and open dialogue about the root causes behind these societal issues. Our counselor, Cindy Hould, is available to meet with any students having difficulty processing these events. I encourage you to reach out if you need some support.
Our thoughts are with George Floyd’s family and friends. Our heartfelt thoughts go out to all who are suffering from racial injustice, hatred, or discrimination of any kind. We also recognize and thank those of every ethnic background on the front lines of this pandemic; health care professionals, members of law enforcement, and other essential workers who selflessly put themselves in harm’s way for the greater good.
As a school community, we can support one another and maintain an open dialogue on issues facing society. We can also commit our institution to educating thoughtful, well-informed, critical thinkers who are committed to impacting positive change in our world. This is essential to our mission and the values we stand for as a school.
I take comfort in the strength and empathy in our community. I remain confident that through adversity, we will emerge only stronger from these challenges.
Be safe. Stay healthy. We miss you all on campus and look forward to seeing you soon.
Head of School