From Prin. Franks - 6/2/2020
Tuesday, June 2, 2020 10:30 PM

Good morning Armatage families,

Once again, in a matter of only a few days I come to you at a time when our country is in turmoil and its difficult to see the light at the end of the tunnel.  However, Barack Obama once said, “Learning to stand in someone else’s shoes, to see through their eyes, that’s how peace begins.  And it’s up to you to make that happen.”  Countless times yesterday I have heard stories from staff about things that happened to their families, your families and families in our city who do not go to Armatage but weigh heavy on our hearts.  There are so many people in pain and it has felt paralyzing as we try to figure out how to take the next step.  But I know that our community is strong and people want to help you, help each other and help the collective good of the great city of Minneapolis.

If you want to help, the PTA is willing to accept gift cards that will be disseminated to organizations that are helping community members. The PTA will have someone at the school during supply pick-up days to receive your donations.  If you have questions please contact armatagePTA @gmail.com.

Last Friday, I was informed by the district  that 55 Armatage families were directly impacted by Thursday nights violence.  Over the weekend, this number grew exponentially.   The staff is ready, willing and determined to help in whatever way possible to whom ever needs support.   I am encouraging you to reach out to your child’s teacher or any Armatage staff that you may have a connection with and share your need.  We may not have the resources you are requiring, but we are willing to help locate the right people to provide support.   You are not alone, we are here with you, with your children and with each other.  Please check the district website for locations where you can access food and supplies.

Please know that your child’s education is important to us and as odd as it may sound coming from your child’s principal, I want to acknowledge it may not be a top priority this week and that is totally understandable.  The emotional health of you and your children is the most important concern for us this week.  Give yourself and your children the latitude to focus on what will give your strength in these difficult times.

Because staff were unable to enter the school buildings on Friday and again yesterday, it has put us significantly behind in getting ready to distribute your children’s belongings to you.  I apologize for the inconvenience but, we are changing the days in which you can pick up your children’s items.  Please check the Armatage website for the new dates which are June 5, 8 & 9th.

I hope you are safe.  Be strong and reach out if you need anything.