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News and Events

Dear CSCA Board Members, Volunteers and Families:
 
As we approach the Winter Break, I would like to first take this opportunity to wish each of you and your families a most happy, healthy holiday season! I hope that you will have a chance to relax and enjoy some special times with your students. As always, I am so proud of how hard they have been working each and every day. I personally walked each classroom today to wish students a delightful well-deserved break!
 
It was also wonderful seeing so many of the Board Members and volunteers at the holiday events sponsored by CSCA recently. Staff Appreciation Luncheon on 12/17 and Alumni Brunch on 12/18 were amazing, nostalgic, inspirational and festive at the same time. What a perfect way to ease into the Holiday season!
 
I would like to express special thanks to our wonderful CSCA Board Members and Volunteers: Tiffany Rauen, Becky Barnett, Don Masterson, Scott Oakford, Tom Wolf, Nancy Standifer, Brad Vanderburg, Lisa Cowen, Susie Tennant, Jim Five, Kathy Yasi, JaneAnn Fredrickson and all of you who in various amazing ways support our staff and school. I thank you for your support of the Center! 
 
Friday, December 19th, is the last school day before Winter Break. School resumes on Monday, January 5th. I trust that not only will it be a great opportunity for your family to celebrate the holidays, but it will also be a time of renewal and refreshment. May you all enjoy the true blessings that come with this special time of the year.
 
Sincerely,
 
Oksana Britsova
The Center School Principal
206-252-9855
To Empower and Inspire All Students to Positively Impact Our World
Dear Center School Community,

I'm sending this note as a follow up to the Community Meeting The Center School staff and students had last week. It was meant to check in with our students after the serious incident that took place some time ago. The incident involved one of our students and impacted all of us: students, staff, and families. In addition, Seattle Public Schools had to look into the incident for a review.

I want you to know that during the time I was away from school, I really missed The Center School. While I could not respond to many of your messages to me, please know that your outreach made a huge difference in my ability to cope with this situation. I am now really happy to be back to work, and to see all of my students.

I want you to know that as a mother and an educator I am committed to the safety and security of all students and staff. As I drop off my own child at his high school every morning, in my mind, I hand him over to his loco parentis, staff of the school where he is a freshman. Loco Parentis is a Latin word meaning "in the place of a parent” and refers to the legal responsibility of the school to take on some of the functions and responsibilities of a parent.

Likewise, Center School families expect me and our staff to be student loco parentis, the people that not only take responsibility of ensuring that each student is acknowledged, educated and connected, but also that each student’s physical, emotional and intellectual safety is a top priority for everyone.

Our staff considers safety as the top priority for our students. We always strive for the best solution to each situation, and we always learn every time we analyze the situation.

I would like to use this opportunity and present resources that all of the students programmed into their phones for future reference:

1. Seattle Public Schools Safety and Security number: 206-252-0707

2. Armory Safety and Security number: 206- 684-7214

3. Also, if you ever find out about a situation that happens after hours, feel free to always call 911.

In light of recent incidents, our community not only experienced stress from the event, but also a number of residual feelings. Some people became more agitated, some needed time off, some were in denial, and some were ready to move on. Such healing process varies from person to person, and is necessary to take place.

We protect people when we really listen to them, and when we help them to express themselves. During the Community Meeting, our students used origami paper, wrote one wish on it, and made it into art - see the photo. Such practice was intended to allow students express their feelings through the art.

If you wish to participate and express any feedback (or what you would like to see changed), please answer the questions below and return them to us by emailing me or mailing the answers to:

Attention: BLT
Center School
305 Harrison Street,
Seattle, WA 98019

Questions:

1) How are you right now in relation to the event and its consequences? What was the impact on you?
2) At the time you learned of the event or now, what were you hoping for/seeing? What are your interests/needs?
3) What do you want to see happen next? What do you want to offer? Request? What changes would you like to see?

And remember overall - if you see something, say something. We can make the difference.

Thank you.

Sincerely,
Oksana Britsova
The Center School Principal

 

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