Dear KCP Families,
Kirkland Co-op Preschool stands in solidarity with the Black Community. The murder of George Floyd, an unarmed black man, at the hands of a white Minneapolis police officer, has ignited in all of us new levels of sadness, frustration, anger, and disappointment in the systemic racism, oppression and violence that people of color, specifically black people, experience in our country every day.
As you know, KCP is connected to LWTech, and also closely follows the leadership of the Lake Washington School District. Both organizations have issued statements that align with the goals, values and principles of KCP. You can read those statements here: LWSD and LWTech
KCP Teachers and Board Members pledge to continue our work to bring an end to systemic racism and violence against Black people in this country by teaching our preschool children acceptance and how to stand up to oppression. Please reach out to teachers should you have questions, thoughts, or concerns that need to be addressed.
Should you need support in discussing this topic with your preschooler, many resources are available. Visit KCP's website at
http://www.kirklandcoop.com/news/talking-to-children-about-racism for a selection of resources to help you discover the best way to discuss this topic with your family.
KCP Teachers and Board Members
Several resources are listed here to support you as you talk with your preschooler(s) about racism. This resource list is meant to be an informational jumping off point for you to help you discover the best way to discuss this topic with your family.
They Are Not Too Young to Talk About Race
Resource List: http://www.childrenscommunityschool.org/social-justice-resources/
Info Graphic on Child Development on Racial Recognition:
What Systematic Racism Is and What We Can Do to Solve It
NPR: Talking Race With Young Children
Podcast Episode, 20 minute listen:
Black Lives Matter At School: Announcing the 2020 Curriculum Resource Guide
A Kindergarten Teacher Explains Racism to Young Kids: "You Have the Voice"
Thursday, March 12, 2020
On Wednesday, March 11, Lake Washington School District announced that schools will be closed through March 27th. Kirkland Co-op Preschool will be following suit and canceling classes also. The KCP board will be continuing discussions about how the upcoming months will look for our program. We appreciate your flexibility as we navigate these new unchartered waters for KCP and our community.
The Group Teachers have met to discuss ways we can connect with families over the upcoming weeks. Your teacher will be in touch with you soon regarding plans for your group.
Our community is experiencing many changes in regards to the COVID-19 situation. KCP Teachers and Board members are committed to remaining updated on recommendations from our local and state agencies. We will continue to send out information as situations change. You are welcome to contact your Group Teacher or Parent Leader should you have further questions.
The Board members of Kirkland Co-op Preschool are aware of health concerns regarding Conoravirus. We know that this situation may be worrisome. Currently, the Washington State Department of Health considers this a low public risk as this time. KCP is committed to remaining informed and following surrounding school district policies to keep our students as healthy as possible.
Our current approach to this situation closely follows what is outlined on the
Lake Washington School District website. See more at lwsd.org
Adapted from LWSD, KCP guidance and approach includes:
In general, if your child is ill with a fever or vomiting within 24 hours of their scheduled school day, please keep him/her at home until he/she is without fever or vomiting for a minimum of 24 hours.
KCP appreciates your cooperation. Please feel free to contact your Parent Leader or Group Teacher with questions or concerns.
Many companies offer donation matching programs. Your donations help our school community in countless ways, so why not double them? Every time you donate to Kirkland Co-op Preschool, you can double your donation by submitting your company’s employer match form. Search for Kirkland Parents Cooperative Group Inc. (501(c)(3), Tax ID: 91-0728533 as our name and ID.
Direct links to some of the companies in our community that offer Donation Matching Programs can be found in the list below. Not sure if your company offers a matching program? Check with your employer. Cannot find Kirkland Parents Cooperative Group Inc. in your company matching list? Feel free to nominate us through your HR department.
Thank you! Giving to the Kirkland Parents Cooperative Group Inc. goes a long way to improve the school experience for all students, teachers and families at KCP. The following companies match employee donations. If your company is not on the list, check with your HR department, and let us know.
Bank of America
Puget Sound Energy
The Home Depot
Group III made their annual trip to Kenmore Air this past week. The children were able to get up close and personal with small aircraft, sit in the passenger seats and see planes take off from the water. One of the great perks of the older age of Group III students, is the opportunity to make several special event trips throughout the year. Thank you Teacher Amanda and Teacher Amy.
photo of 2018 walk-a-thon
Wednesday, October 9, 10:00am
Our annual Walk-A-Thon at Grass Lawn Park in Redmond is approaching. Families are encouraged to ask for pledges from anyone who cares about ensuring your children have a great place to learn and grow. Friends, family, co-workers and neighbors. Remember to ask your employer about matching too. The family that raises the most money will receive the highly coveted GRAND PRIZE of a "Get Out of School Cleaning Coupon." The class that raises the most money will receive a popsicle party. Looking forward to seeing you there, rain or shine! Get more info from Jennifer via firstname.lastname@example.org
Many thanks go to Rob Stubblefield, a long-time KCP parent, for leading a Summer Soccer group that met every other Friday evening for an hour at Spinney Homestead Park. With such a great turn out, two groups were formed: current preschoolers and older KCP graduates. What a great way to strengthen those soccer and social skills at the same time. Thank you, Rob! (photo courtesy of Malaika Silliker)
Thank you to everyone who attended KCP's Applebee's Flapjack fundraiser. We loved seeing all your smiling faces and appreciate your support for KCP. We are truly thankful to everyone for making it a success. Special thanks to our sponsors: Kirkland Children's Dentistry, Tang Real Estate Investments, Corti Construction, Clothier & Willsey, and Evergreen Pediatric Dentistry.
Sunday, May 5, 9:00-10:30am | Applebee's on 13856 Bel-Red Rd, Bellevue
Support KCP and enjoy a Sunday morning breakfast with your friends and family. Breakfast includes pancakes, syrup, butter, scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, juice and coffee served to you by KCP families. Ticket sales on now; $10 per person. To order tickets, send payment via paypal.me/kcppayments (make sure to include your name in the transaction) and then email the order form to email@example.com. Or, mail your order form and check made payable to Kirkland Co-op Preschool to:
Kirkland Co-op Preschool
c/o Serenity Gray
7525 132nd Ave NE
Kirkland, WA 98033.
Questions: Serenity Gray at firstname.lastname@example.org
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