Racial Teasing: Reflections On Being Different by Dr. Dana Lyer
(Excerpt taken from Psychology Today, www.psychologytoday.com/blog/life-liberty-and-the-pursuit-insight/201311/six-ways-help-your-child-cope-racism-part-2)
There are no words to describe how racism feels. Everyone deals with it differently. Some people lash out verbally and others withdraw into themselves. Some people can talk openly about how it feels, others hide it deep within. How does a child reach their full potential and exercise their rights as citizens of this country when they are given messages – at school, at church, or at home that they are worthless human beings? What if it was your son or daughter? What would you do?
Teasing in childhood is a common experience, but one that can leave scars that persist well into adulthood. The intent underlying teasing behavior can be humorous or hostile, and while adult teasing tends to be playful, teasing in childhood is intended to be hurtful and is frequently directed towards those who are different or disliked by other children. Racial teasing targets an individual’s ethnically distinct features, such as skin color, and practices typical to their culture, and often takes the form of racial slurs. Racist interactions experienced by children and adolescents can take the form of name-calling, teasing, being excluded, physical threats and cyber-bullying.
There are 2 strategies to handling racism with children.
- Don’t ignore racism reported by your child. Racism doesn’t go away just because we look the other way. Such experiences are likely to lead children to feel powerless, ignoring them may lead to more helplessness and avoidance. Instead teach your child to be appropriately assertive, to talk to you, to talk to someone they trust in school, to develop good social skills, to not be isolated.
- Don’t ignore racism yourself. Talk to the teachers, the school administration. Be role models for your children by being assertive. This will teach your children to find their own voice and to stand up for themselves and others who are being teased. Get involved yourself. If you know racial teasing or discrimination is occurring in your school, in your neighborhood, or church, get organized and get support to stop it, even if it’s not your child who is being taunted. Don’t ignore racism if you see it. It doesn’t go away if you close your eyes and don’t look.
CHARACTER VALUE OF THE MONTH: For the month of December the school is emphasizing the character value of Service.
CWAA CHRISTMAS CONCERT: Thursday, Dec. 8 at 7 pm. This concert will feature the Gr. K-12 students as they play instruments, sing, and act. All are invited to attend this concert entitled “David’s Dynasty” which commemorates the birth of Jesus.
- There will be no early dismissal on Thursday, December 8, concert day. Students will need to make arrangements to go home after school to eat supper and change. If this is not possible, supervision will be available for a charge.
- Call time for all students is 6:30 pm. Concert Band members are to arrive at 6:15 pm to tune and warm-up. Elementary students need to wear their Tuesday formal uniform. Concert Choir and Concert Band students are to wear their formal music uniform. Guys will also wear red school ties.
- Volunteers are needed for the Concert Decorating Team and to help with the Bake Sale. Contact email@example.com for more information. We are asking for a donation of bake sale goods from all school families (no nuts, please). Please bring your bake sale goods to the school office on Thursday, Dec. 8 by 6:30 pm.
CWAA CONCERT CHOIR (GRADE 7-11) PERFORMANCE:
- Sabbath, December 10 at 7:00 pm, Garden Road SDA Church located at 155 – 100 Street NE. Formal Music Uniform, call time 6:30 pm.
LAST CALL FOR OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD BOXES: Please make sure all Operation Christmas Child boxes are turned in to CWAA by 4:30 pm tomorrow, Tuesday, December 6. If you have unfilled/extra shoeboxes please return those to the school as well. If you have any questions you can contact Pastor Brent (firstname.lastname@example.org).
LAST GIFT CARD ORDER BEFORE CHRISTMAS – GREAT FOR GIFTS: Buy gift cards at face value for the grocery stores, gas stations, clothing stores, and restaurants that you normally visit. FundScrip pays Chinook Winds a percentage of the value of the gift card. This fundraiser doesn’t cost you anything extra, and is a great way to help us raise money for the 2017 CWAA Bolivia Mission Trip. Please turn your orders in to the CWAA office with cash or cheque payment by TUESDAY, DECEMBER 6. Your gift cards will be delivered to CWAA next week. Click the button below to access an order form.FundScip Order Form
FOOD BANK FRIDAY: Friday, December 16 is a casual dress day for all students and teachers. We ask that each student and staff bring a canned or non-perishable food item. Let’s see how much food we can collect for this important local charity. Thank you for your participation!
CHRISTMAS BREAK: The last day of school before Christmas Break begins is Friday, December 16 with early dismissal at 12 noon. Classes resume on Tuesday, January 3, 2017.
MISSION TRIP PARENT INFORMATION SESSIONS: There will be two mission trip parent information sessions held on Monday, December 12 at CWAA. One session will take place at 4:00 pm and one at 7:00 pm. Parents may choose to attend the one that is most convenient for them. The sessions will last for about 1 hour each. This is a great opportunity for parents to get an overview of the 2017 CWAA Bolivia Mission Trip, as well as to ask questions about the trip.
PRAYING PARENTS: Come join us as we meet together for prayer on Thursday mornings after school begins in the school lobby. We meet to pray for our school, our staff, our students and our families. All are welcome!
IMPORTANT UPCOMING DATES:
Dec 6 Service trip to OCC Samaritan’s Purse 4:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Dec 7 Gr 11 Service trip to Central Church for Senior Christmas Dinner
Dec 8 CWAA Christmas Concert 7 pm
Dec 10 Concert Choir at Garden Road Church, 6:30 pm
Dec 15 Gr 6 Service trip to Drop-In Centre
Dec 16 Last Day of Classes (Christmas Break) Early Dismissal 12 noon
Jan 3 First day back from Christmas Vacation-Classes resume for students
Jan 11 Grades K-6 Skating Day to Crowfoot Twin Arena
Jan 16 School Board Meeting 7 pm
Jan 18 Gr 10 Spanish Field Trip to Salt & Pepper Restaurant
Jan 23-30 Secondary Midterm/Final Exams
Jan 30 End of Term 2 Secondary (Report Cards Feb 2)
Jan 31 Teachers Organizational Day (No School K – 12)
Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the reign of King Herod. About that time some wise men from eastern lands arrived in Jerusalem, asking, “Where is the newborn king of the Jews? We saw his star as it rose, and we have come to worship him.” (Matthew 2:1–2, NLT)
How far are you willing to go to find Jesus as your personal Saviour and friend this holiday season? How much inconvenience are you willing to put up with to share your gifts for Jesus? How are you going to offer Jesus your worship and adoration this Christmas season?
Chinook Winds Adventist Academy