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Reflecting on Events of this Week at the U.S. Capitol


January 8, 2021


Dear Snoqualmie Valley Families,


As we learned about the civil unrest that occurred at the U.S. Capitol building on January 6, I am reminded just how important it is for our schools and community to teach about and model civility and respect for our democracy – for our nation and especially for our children.


Civic engagement is the foundation of our democracy and the Snoqualmie Valley School District respects and supports the right to peacefully demonstrate and protest. We strongly condemn, however, all attempts to incite violence, and will never tolerate acts of hate that is counter to our democratic principles.


What started out as a protest of the election results, turned into a violent, unlawful and unprecedented situation.  Some of the behaviors and actions observed on television were very disturbing, difficult to understand, and even shocking to behold, ultimately resulting in tragic and unnecessary loss of life. Understandably, your children (our students) may be feeling unsettled by the events that occurred. I want to assure you that our staff are here to listen and support our students.


In the days ahead, our desire is to provide support for students, as well as an opportunity to express their views in safe spaces.  We also encourage parents to talk with their children about these important issues.  Below are resources that may be helpful for these conversations. 


As we continue to forge ahead through these difficult times, I wish you all peace and new hope in 2021.



Dr. Robert W. Manahan