Cinco de Mayo – Its history and ways to celebrate in Cincinnati

This article is written by Veronica Nava, a TNSM parent and member of the Diversity and Community Engagement Committee (D+CE) and expresses her views. At TNSM, we are grateful to have this D+CE forum that allows opportunities for members of our community to share their own beliefs, always with the goal of  expanding our understanding of each other’s experiences and points of view.    With spring swirling around us and May already here, Xicanx/Chicanx/Latinx people in parts of Mexico but mostly the U.S. begin to prepare for the celebration of Cinco de Mayo. Often misunderstood and commercialized, many who hear …

Keeping Still

This article is written by TNSM parent members of the Diversity and Community and Engagement Committee (D+CE) and expresses their views. At TNSM, we are grateful to have this D+CE forum that allows opportunities for members of our community to share their own beliefs, always with the goal of  expanding our understanding of each other’s experiences and points of view. It’s Earth month and lucky for us, it kicked off with a magical solar eclipse at the beginning of the week. Whether you saw the eclipse in totality or not, hopefully in stillness you were able to marvel at our …

(3-6) classes learned about and celebrated Lunar New Year.

This article is written by TNSM parent members of the Diversity and Community and Engagement Committee (D+CE) and expresses their views. At TNSM, we are grateful to have this D+CE forum that allows opportunities for members of our community to share their own beliefs, always with the goal of  expanding our understanding of each other’s experiences and points of view. Declan’s mom, Erin, came to visit the non-nappers and kindergarteners to share about Lunar New Year, a tradition celebrated by many Asian communities around the world, including Korean, Vietnamese, and Chinese people. This tradition lasts 15 days, and celebrates themes …

Presenting “Voices of Our Community”

At TNSM, we are grateful to have the Diversity and Community Engagement (D + CE) forum that allows opportunities for members of our community to share their own beliefs, always with the goal of expanding our understanding of each other’s experiences and points of view. As part of our forum efforts, we are proud to bring to you “Voices of Our Community” –  a once-a-month special feature of our D + CE blog that aims to become a “window” into our unique TNSM community, rich in backgrounds, origins, ethnicities, and thinking. We believe in the power of acknowledging, honoring and celebrating …

Beautiful moments of solidarity and commitment to peace and justice

This article is written by TNSM parent members of the Diversity and Community and Engagement Committee (D+CE) and expresses their views. At TNSM, we are grateful to have this D+CE forum that allows opportunities for members of our community to share their own beliefs, always with the goal of  expanding our understanding of each other’s experiences and points of view.  As MLK Day approaches on Monday, there are many ways to commemorate his legacy, his dream and his truth telling. Cincinnati has been organizing a peaceful march since the 1970’s. This community event has a few purposes. First, organizers want …

Sharing Cultural Lessons & Traditions in (3-6): Dia de Muertos & Papel Picado

This article is written by TNSM parent members of the Diversity and Community and Engagement Committee (D+CE) and expresses their views. At TNSM, we are grateful to have this D+CE forum that allows opportunities for members of our community to share their own beliefs, always with the goal of  expanding our understanding of each other’s experiences and points of view.  The (3-6)-year-old children had the pleasure of welcoming two TNSM parents to their classroom and to the non-napper program to learn about Mexican tradition of ‘Day of the Death / Dia de Muertos’ and Papel Picado.  Jan’s mom, Karla, came …

The Diversity + Community Events Committee provided some resources for how to talk with children about tragic world events.

This article is written by TNSM parent members of the Diversity and Community and Engagement Committee (D+CE) and expresses their views. At TNSM, we are grateful to have this D+CE forum that allows opportunities for members of our community to share their own beliefs, always with the goal of  expanding our understanding of each other’s experiences and points of view. Last Friday, nearly a week after intense violence in Israel and Gaza, parents on the Diversity and Community Engagement Committee met. We connected over a shared grief for humanity and a curiosity around how we talk about this decades-long conflict and the …

TNSM’S ABAR Statement

Hello Friends, For the past two years, TNSM has been exploring how our strategic goals align with our mission related to equity and justice. With the help of our community, including staff, students, board, and the parent-led Diversity Committee, we have created an anti-bias/anti-racist statement that will be incorporated into our strategic plan. We are grateful for the time and energy our Diversity Committee chairs (Meredith Dixie/Sarah Corlett) and the rest of the committee members have put into this important work.   As we begin our “self-study” for the accreditation process with the American Montessori Society and the Independent Schools of …

Challenges of living in community

This article is written by Hope Miller, TNSM parent and member of the Diversity and Community and Engagement Committee (D+CE) and expresses her views. At TNSM, we are grateful to have this D+CE forum that allows opportunities for members of our community to share their own beliefs, always with the goal of  expanding our understanding of each other’s experiences and points of view. I waited to write this post until after the Auction and Gala so that I could say something pithy about community. In waiting, something else happened: another mass shooting in America. On Saturday afternoon, May 14—while many …

We resonate in different ways

Article written by Claudia Lòpez, chair of Diversity and Community Engagement Committee (D+CE) and expresses her views. At TNSM, we are grateful to have this D+CE forum that allows opportunities for members of our community to share their own beliefs, always with the goal of  expanding our understanding of each other’s experiences and points of view. I’m writing this post one week before it is published in A Look Ahead and one day after our last Diversity and Community Engagement committee meeting of the year, and I am sitting here now, writing this with feelings of gratitude and wonderment. In the …