Black History Month

“History, despite its wrenching pain,
Cannot be unlived, and if faced
With courage, need not be lived again.” -Maya Angelou, On the Pulse of Morning

At Four Winds School we start every day by reading a poem together. In observance of Black History Month, we have been reading exclusively poems by African American poets including Lucille Clifton, Maya Angelou, Langston Hughes, Gwendolyn Brooks, Rita Dove and Jean Toomer.

We encourage parents (and any white adult who interacts with children) to read the following article, How Black History Month is a chance for white parents to learn how to talk about racism. The following quote suggests one way to talk to middle-school aged (and older) children about systemic racism:

When talking to an older child about slavery, Kendi urges parents to discuss the economic motive behind enslaving people. Identifying the role of a larger power structure means a child will understand that slavery wasn’t just about terrible slave owners but about a system that needed cheap labor to maximize profits. And when people challenged slavery, those making the profits defended it by saying that black people were better off in servitude than freedom.

Image: Bob Al-Greene/Mashable. Click here to read more.

Learn more about Black History Month at

Upcoming Week

This week in humanities we’ll be finishing up “Part 1: Discovery” of The Mayflower by Nathaniel Philbrick and will do some pretty cool review activities before moving on to “Part 2: Community.” In science, students will continue to study heat and temperature. On Friday we will resume our “Field trip Fridays” with a trip to Historic Deerfield.

Branding/Marketing Survey

The Board is conducting a branding and marketing survey. It’s short (9 questions) and anonymous, and asks some questions about what Four Winds is and does. If you haven’t already taken the survey from Facebook or another email, we would greatly appreciate you taking a moment to do so now by clicking the link above. Thank you for your input!

Create your own user feedback survey

We would also like the input of people on the perimeter or outside of our community. The idea is that if there’s a question that most people don’t know the answer to, then we need to advertise better in that area. Therefore, we would greatly appreciate if you would spread the survey around to people you know, such as coworkers, family members, and friends. You can send this link ( by email, or share the post that is pinned to the top of our Facebook page. Thank you so much for your help!

Facebook Fundraiser

In just one week, Becca’s Birthday Fundraiser on Facebook has raised $500! The proceeds of this fundraiser will all go directly to our Summer Writing and Art Camp! There is still one week left of the fundraiser, so please feel free to share it and spread the word!

Upcoming Events/Dates

  • February 
    • School restarts: Monday, February 25th, 8:30am
    • Jeff visiting: Wednesday, February 27th 8:30-3:30
  • March
    • Field trip to Historic Deerfield: Friday, March 1st, 1:30-3pm
    • Half Day: Wednesday, March 20th, pick up at 12:30pm
    • Early registration deadline for Camp 2019: March 31st
  • April
    • Regular Registration for Camp 2019 begins: April 1st
    • Open House: Thursday, April 11th, 6-7:30pm

Support Four Winds

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Four Winds School is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and all donations are tax deductible.