Letter from the Head of School: Our Missional Call
Sent: May 27
Dear Breck Parents,
Like many of you, I have watched the news of the death of George Floyd with strong emotions and deep concern for our city and community. After much discernment and consideration for the complexity and horror of his death, I decided to reach out to you in an effort to bring our Breck community together and offer connections and support. This message to you centers on the role of Breck in our society and most importantly, our responsibility to our children.
At Breck, we hold a moral obligation to support our children and teach them to live and lead in a better, more just world. Our Episcopal identity calls us to, “strive for justice and peace and respect the dignity of every human being.” Our Chapel is the heart and soul of our school, and we know that if we were on campus, we would open its doors and offer pastoral care, hope, and connection for our students in developmentally appropriate ways that meet their individual needs. Our collective emotions would emerge through conversation and connections.
In a typical school year, our classrooms and hallways would be brimming with the vast array of emotions that children, as young as four and as old as 19, experience as they close another school year. Our loving teachers, counselors, and support staff would be at the ready to attend to every unique expression of emotion. In the absence of physical connectedness, our support structures are still in place. Especially in this time of social distancing, our chaplains, deans, counselors, as well as faculty and staff are prepared to support our children. In Middle and Upper School, you can expect opportunities for connection and reflection for those students who choose to participate. As always, our counselors, chaplains, and classroom teachers are available to support our learners in Lower School.
As we collectively walk through a time of grief and trauma, know that we care deeply for your children and are here to provide any support you need.
Natalia Rico Hernández, Ed.D.
Head of School
Breck Upper School students Joseph Purvis ‘21, Ayres Warren ‘22 and Maddie McDermott ‘22 share their experience interviewing Leslie Redmond, a local community organizer and former President of the Minneapolis NAACP. They also share their excitement for the MLK Symposium and Amplify Our Love with Pie events happening at Breck this upcoming week. Ms. Redmond will be the Upper School keynote speaker for the our 20th annual MLK Symposium.
On Sunday, January 17th, Breck will co-host Sweet Potato Comfort Pie’s seventh annual MLK Holiday event: Amplify Our Love with Pie, to honor the 92nd birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Breck student, Kai Miller ‘22, has been working behind the scenes to get ready for the event. The communications team at Breck did a brief interview with Kai to ask about her experience working on the event.
Natalia Rico Hernández, Ed.D., Head of School, updates the Breck community on the School's response to Wednesday's events.