Black History Month is an important month to me. It helps me learn and explore the courageous men and women who contributed to our freedom. The situations over the last year inspired me to learn more about Black History. During the summer, the protests for George Floyd’s death made me think that people do care for other people. It also made me think of historical figures who have made a difference for our community. Here are three people who I have learned about this Black History Month.
Malcolm X was born on May 19, 1925, in Omaha, Nebraska. He was the fourth of eight children born to Louise, a homemaker, and Earl Little, a preacher who was also an active member of the local chapter of the Universal Negro Improvement Association. Malcolm X was a minister, human rights activist and prominent Black nationalist leader who served as a spokesman for the Nation of Islam during the 1950s and 1960s. Malcolm X encouraged Black people to end racism “by any means necessary". Malcolm X passed in 1965 in New York.
Henry O. Flipper was born on March 21, 1856, in Thomasville, Georgia. Henry was appointed to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York in 1873. Henry became the first Black officer in the U.S. Army. In 1881 Henry was accused of embezzling $3,791.77 from commissary funds. A court-martial found him not guilty of embezzlement but convicted him of conduct unbecoming an officer and ordered him dismissed from the Army. After his dishonorable discharge, Flipper fought to clear his name as he pursued a career as an engineer on Spanish and Mexican land law. In 1898 a bill reinstating him into the Army and restoring his rank was introduced in Congress on his behalf. Henry O. Flipper passed away in 1940.
Bessie Coleman was born on January 26, 1892, in Atlanta, Texas. Bessie had 12 brothers and 12 sisters. Her mother, Susan Coleman was an African American maid, and her father George Coleman was a sharecropper of mixed Native American and African American descent. At age 23, Coleman went to live with her brothers in Chicago. She went to Burnham School of Beauty Culture in 1915. She became a manicurist in a local barbershop. Meanwhile, her brothers served in the military during World War I and came home with stories from their time in France. Her brother John told her that women flew airplanes in France. Bessie decided to go to Crotoy, France and become a pilot. Coleman received her international pilot’s license and became the first Black woman to get that license on June 15, 1921. Bessie Coleman died as the result of a plane crash on April 30, 1926.
I learned about three people during this Black History Month: A Civil Rights Activist, someone who was the first Black officer in the Army, and the first Black woman to have an international pilot’s license. I learned that It doesn’t matter what you look like or what race you are, you can do anything you set your mind to. I hope that you and your family will spend this Black History Month learning about influential leaders who helped shape our future.
It was wonderful to see so many families at our International Night Drive-In Movie Friday evening! In case you missed it or want to see it again, click here to see the photos and videos shared by families highlighting Springmont's diversity and our awareness and appreciation for the people and cultures of the world.
As noted in Head of School Jon Alden's February 19 Update, Annual Registration for current families begins Monday, March 8. Parents will be able to confirm their child(ren)’s enrollment for the 2021-2022 school year by reviewing and updating their family’s contact and personal information and paying a non-refundable $1000 deposit for each student.
Our enrollment agreement requires Annual Registration be completed annually by March 31 to ensure student spaces for the upcoming school year. After this date, families who have not completed Annual Registration risk losing their child(ren)’s space(s) as Springmont offers all remaining seats to new students on April 3. Parents will receive emails with links to their child(ren)’s Annual Registration packets on Monday, March 8, and we hope you will indicate your plans to return to Springmont well before the March 31 due date.
While Springmont’s continuous enrollment agreement begins when a family initially enrolls at the school, our agreement allows us to make modifications to the terms of the agreement annually. This year’s updates include the addition of a force majeure clause and a new tuition protection plan. The force majeure is designed to protect the school from unexpected events beyond the school’s control such as fire, acts of nature, war, etc., allowing the school time to safely resume operations without obligation for tuition refunds. The Board is also considering a third-party organization for our tuition protection plan offering for the 2021-11 school year. Changes in the terms and additional details will be provided later this week.
We know you may have questions about Annual Registration and the modifications to the enrollment agreement. Jon will answer questions about Annual Registration at his Zoom Parent Coffee on Friday, February 26, beginning at 9 a.m. No need to RSVP; just us join us on Zoom at 9 a.m. Questions emailed to email@example.com will also be answered promptly.
All parents are invited to attend Raising Anti-Racist Children on Thursday, March 11, beginning at 6:30 p.m. Led by iChange Collaborative facilitators Dr. Danielle Stewart and Martha Caldwell, this discussion forum will explore strategies for raising anti-racist children of all ages. We will discuss how parents can cultivate understanding about differences, strengthen compassionate identities, and work together to build an identity-safe community for all of our children. Learn more about iChange Collaborative and their work at www.ichangecollaborative.com.
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International Night is Springmont’s annual celebration of our school’s diversity and the lives and cultures of people around the world. This year rather than gathering for our usual musical performance and potluck dinner, we will host families for a drive-in screening of the family-friendly documentary Born to Be Wild. Narrated by Morgan Freeman, this 40-minute film is a heartwarming account of orphaned orangutans and elephants and the extraordinary people who rescue and raise them.
Our private showing will be on Friday, February 19, beginning at 6:30 p.m. rain or shine. Due to a maximum capacity of 110 vehicles, online pre-registration is required and limited to one per family on a first-come, first-served basis. A $10 registration fee will hold your place and provide a family-sized bag of popcorn* at arrival. Unfortunately, if you are unable to make the show, refunds will not be provided. Once registration fills, a waitlist will begin.
For the health & safety of all, carpooling with those outside your household is strongly discouraged and families will be asked to remain in their vehicles or dedicated space.
*For those with children under 3, please remember that popcorn can be a choking hazard and consumption should be closely supervised by parents.
Want to see yourself on the big screen?
To add to the community-building spirit of this event, we invite families to share pictures or short videos (15-30 seconds) of themselves in cultural attire, holding flags of their family's heritage, greeting Springmont in a world language, preparing an ethnic dish, etc. Be creative! Photos and videos should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. We have extended the due date to TOMORROW, February 17, at 4 p.m. Photos and videos will be stitched together to create a brief pre-movie presentation highlighting Springmont's diversity and our awareness and appreciation for the people and cultures of the world.
SPA is still accepting recipes for an International Night Cookbook!
It's not too late to submit your family’s favorite recipe for the Springmont Parent Association's International Night Cookbook. Use the recipe card found here and send to Ann Colonna at email@example.com.