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To the Westridge community: We are profoundly sorry for the hurt we caused members of the Black community with our message about the George Floyd protests. We recognize that we caused further pain with the language we chose and our lack of concrete action steps to combat institutionalized racism both outside and inside our community.

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  • Empathy & Connection
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Our nation and local communities are in turmoil sparked by the killing of George Floyd, which came on the heels of several weeks of outrage and sadness over racial tragedies, including the deaths of Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor. We grieve for Mr. Floyd, Mr. Arbery, and Ms. Taylor, and we feel a range of emotions, sadness, rage, grief, and disappointment among them, because as a society we have not done the required work to overcome generations of systemic racism.

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Developing Self-Advocacy in Children Requires Self-Restraint from Parents

A recent New York Times opinion piece, Four Ways to Help Your College Student Grow Up, rang true to discussions we have on campus regularly and especially this year surrounding our visit from Dr. Lisa Damour, author of Under Pressure: Confronting the Epidemic of Stress and Anxiety in Girls. At times, with the best of intentions, adults do young people a disservice by eliminating discomfort rather than helping them work through challenges or recover from difficulties. In doing so we rob them of opportunities for personal growth as well as the pride and confidence boost of knowing they can handle more than they thought they could.

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  • Admission
Student at her locker

For a lot of applying families, it is that time of year when you have completed the application and had your interview. Now your part is over, and the waiting game has begun. During this important time, I thought it best to share what admission offices are working on right now, and how admission decisions get made. I often hear that the process feels like a mystery to parents, but it shouldn’t be, so I will try to demystify the next few weeks.

Read More about Decision Time, Part 1: How Do Private Schools Make Admission Decisions?

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Resources for Parents: All Things Girl

Please note: This is not an exhaustive list, but gives an indication of some of the resources we draw from as educators, which may also be helpful for you and your daughters. Some of the resources, particularly the websites, update continuously and we are in no way encouraging or endorsing their content in its entirety. Some may contain material or subject matter not suitable for younger children. Please use your discretion when viewing.