12 March 2018
Dear CMP Families,
I wanted to take a quick moment to follow up on the CMP Network Response to the recent shootings at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. This incident has ‘touched a nerve’ for many of us. We are saddened at this senseless loss of life, and frustrated that, as a nation, we are unable to provide the highest level of assurance that our schools are safe harbors for our children, and for those who faithfully serve with unparalleled dedication.
While various organizations have mobilized sympathizers with activities and events to commemorate this tragic event, CMP will not be leading, engaging in, or otherwise supporting, these events, including walk-outs, protests, or ‘call-to-action’ during the school day.
As a California public charter school, we are sensitive to the diverse views represented within our community. As a school network that serves Kindergarten-8th grade students, there are concerns that a school-wide response is not age-appropriate for all students. Parents, staff and administration have also shared safety and logistical concerns related to selective student participation in a ‘walk-out.’
As a Montessori school, we value the peaceful and respectful exchange of thoughts and ideas. This meaningful dialogue occurs at all levels within our community, including students, staff, parents and administration. We understand the diversity of views within our community, and strive to promote an environment where all views are exchanged with respect. We encourage all parties to seek to understand those who hold differing viewpoints.
Thanks, as always, for your support.
Gary S. Bowman, M.S.Ed.
Executive Director/Superintendent, California Montessori Project