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                                        Issue 22 

PRACTICING EMPATHY
Valentine's Day is often marked through the writing of heartfelt greetings or messages. This February 14, we are inspired by personal letters of a different sortwritten by students at Opal Charter School.
In honor of Black History Month, we spotlight Opal's curriculum on the Vanport Flood, through which third graders open their hearts to imagine life as a resident in the aftermath of the flood.
Through their writings, students practice empathy, personalize the impersonal, and transform Portland history into their story. 
This Valentine's Day, take heart by opening yours to the perspective of another person.
SEE, THINK & WONDER WITH OPAL
Opal Charter Parent Reflections:
"Some third grade classes study Portland's bridges, but Opal School approaches local history quite differently.
My daughter explored the Vanport floods and the displacement of the thriving Black neighborhood Albina. 
Interestingly, it's my neighborhood, my daughter's neighborhood. It's where we live.
So we learned about our own role...which was disturbing and important."
 CAREGIVER RESOURCES
“Play helps us get a better understanding of other people.” —Lucius, Age 10
ABCs OF UNDERSTANDING
Peruse these parent and caregiver resources for developing empathy and understanding its role in overcoming racism.
Learning for Justice:
Empathy for the 'A'
Greater Good Magazine:
Can Empathy Reduce Racism?
"You can’t really make a good decision without empathy. It requires you to think of everyone’s perspective." —Olive, Age 11
OPAL BEGINNING SCHOOL
Enrolling ages 3-5 for 2021-22!
Listen, share and learn with Opal School! Applications are now available. Priority will be given to those received by Monday, March 8 at 5 pm.

Curious about our tuition-funded, early childhood learning community? Join us next Saturday, February 20, for the first Info Session!

RSVP for a FREE
Virtual Information Session:

Sat., Feb. 20: 9–10:15 am
or 
Sat., March 6: 9–10:15 am
APPLY TODAY

♥️ HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY ♥️

Craft a "Loose Part Heart" using our ABCs of Loose PartsWhat "love stories" can you tell through materials?
BE A TWEETheart!
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