June RL Updates: EBT Lunch Benefits, Parent Meeting, and Calendar

EBT School Lunch Benefits: The US Department of Agriculture has announced that families will receive $5.70 per day for each student enrolled in public school, covering the period from March 16 to June 25, 2020. No additional registration is needed. More information, translated in several languages, is located here.

  • For current SNAP and PA recipients, families should have received their Pandemic EBT benefits by the end of May automatically.
  • For families receiving Medicaid, new cards will be issued and should be distributed by the end of June.
  • For all other families, it is estimated they will begin receiving benefits in July and August.

Please note that it is important that we have your correct mailing address on file. If you have moved, please contact Stephanie Huang (shuang@qhsls.org) to update your contact information to ensure that you receive your benefits card.

Virtual Parent Meeting: Our next meeting will be on Wednesday, June 10, at 6:30PM via Zoom. We will review the end of year calendar, grading policy, and answer questions you may have. Spanish and Chinese translation available. Please sign up for the meeting here.

Slides from our College Application and Financial Aid Presentation are posted here.Please see the June calendar here. We are almost at the finish line!

A shoutout to our Class of 2020 Yearbook Committee for completing their yearbook remotely! Here is their stunning cover.

RL Day #40: QHSLS Unites Against Racism

Message from Assistant Principal Mr. Bligh:

Today is our day of unity against racism! Our teachers worked incredibly hard to put five lessons together for our students. We recommend completing today’s lessons in the following order:

  1. Understanding Implicit Bias
  2. From Emmett Till to Amy Cooper 
  3. Identifying Logical Fallacies
  4. Protesting for Change
  5. Anti-racist Action

Use these lessons as a starting point for deeper learning, self-reflection, and increased conversation. And, we encourage you to share your reflections in the open circles on Tuesday and Wednesday at 3PM and 6PM.

I want to share with you an “a-ha” moment I had two years ago. One of my favorite podcasts, American History Tellers, told the story of the Tulsa Race Massacre of 1921. In the early 20th century, Tulsa, Oklahoma was home to one of the most prosperous black communities in the entire country. On May 31, 1921, false accusations made by a white woman against a young, black man led white Tulsans to viciously attack black Tulsans. As a result, as many as 300 black Tulsans were murdered and more than 1,400 black-owned businesses and homes were destroyed. 

Learning about this, I was sickened and horrified by the brutal violence committed against black Tulsans and the complete lack of justice. However, there was something else that haunted me. Despite studying American history for decades, why was I hearing about this historic event only now? 

Learning about this one event ignited a fire. The more I read and researched, the more I wanted to teach my students and educate my family and friends about these untold stories.  I realized that in teaching this silenced history, I was taking an anti-racist stance. 

This is all to say that my hope for you is that today’s lessons will ignite a similar fire. I encourage you to find at least one topic that interests you and begin learning more about it. The lessons today are not an isolated gesture to respond to the murder of George Floyd and the subsequent protests. Rather, today is a first step in empowering us all in taking our own anti-racist stances. 

Best, Mr. Bligh

Recognizing Black lives matter and supporting our students in this difficult time

The events of this past week have been horrifying and tragic. And they have been made even more difficult because we cannot physically be together as a school community. 

Instead, we have had to watch and react to the violent death of George Floyd–yet another black life taken unjustly and unnecessarily–in our own spaces. Then, the subsequent protests that have erupted across our nation and in NYC, against the injustice of George Floyd’s death as well as the many other acts of racism and brutality in recent weeks, are intersecting with the tragedy and stress caused by this pandemic.
It has been hard not being together with you all. I find my own optimism and hope through you, our students and faculty. And I have to remind myself: we are still a school, even if we don’t have a building. 

In the coming days, we will begin hosting various meetings for our entire QHSLS community to gather virtually. I wish we could have these conversations in person. But given what we have, I encourage any member of our community to join in: to share, to listen, or simply to be present together. These meetings are optional. In addition, do not hesitate to contact our faculty if you need other types of support. We recognize how individual our responses to this week’s events may be. In addition, if you would like to offer a suggestion, or perhaps if you would like to lead or contribute in this effort to stay connected, let us know. We welcome and appreciate you.

In unity, Melanie Lee, Principal (May 31, 2020)

Tuesday 6/2, 4PM: #SayTheirNames Remembrance. Watch the ceremony, led by our students, here.

Tuesday, 6/2, 6PM (English) and Wednesday 6/3, 3PM and 6PM (English and Chinese): Open circles. Students are welcome to join: to be together with other students, to share and bear witness to each other’s experiences, to listen.

Students should check their emails for more information.