Message to Our Community from Head of School, Chris Bright
Dear Vistamar Community:
By now, I imagine you’re all saturated from the flood of communications across channels dissecting the election results and predicting the ultimate outcome, and I want to acknowledge the stress that many of us are feeling now. I hope we can all find some calm refuge from the anxiety and anger that have been storming around us.
This is an election in which many hard-won rights and protections are at stake. Vistamar represents a deep and foundational commitment to equity and inclusion and the belief that each member of our community has value and dignity. The rights and protections we uphold at our school and in our community in general may affect each of us differently, but, for many, their safety and their future are at stake, and this should concern each of us. Any reduction of those rights and protections, is also a reduction in our ability to provide opportunity to grow and become better than who we were and to make a difference for others.
As we await final results, please know that Vistamar School will continue to defend those rights and protections, the values and ideals that we strive towards every day, both through education and advocacy. And, no matter how you feel about the results so far and the ultimate outcome, I hope we’ll all be able to move forward with a measure of grace and civility for our fellow community members, even when we disagree. Our country is stronger when we all participate in the democratic process.
Vistamar School began as an institution devoted to the idea that our values of inclusivity, equity and justice are the foundations on which to build a meaningful life. Our Mission commits to diversity of thought and culture that encourages authentic exchange of perspectives, mutual respect and a mature understanding of the world. How we demonstrate good will toward people we see every day matters, and listening to all viewpoints, even those different from our own, is critical now and as we move forward.