Black History Month

Hip Hop Dance

Hispanic Heritage Month

Latin Dance Day

It’s official! We have a Latin dance instructor coming to Rampello! She’ll be teaching several fun, easy, kid-friendly steps to Mr. Tellado’s music students on 9/26 & 10/10 (both Mondays).

Would you like to help demonstrate those steps? Are you already a registered volunteer at Rampello? Please PM me if you’d like to volunteer as a backup dancer on one or both days, and let me know if you’re able to hang around for the entire school day (8am-1:50pm) or half the day. Bonus points si hablas Español!

Ps. By “backup dancer” I mean copy the steps that the instructor will be teaching to kindergartners lol. Not hard 🙂.


Opportunities to Foster Connection with One Another & Our School

Anti-Racism Book Club

Book Club is Back! Fall 2022

Believe it or not, there exists a legacy of racism and slavery that impacts people and communities *today*. The more I learn about and understand the impact of that legacy, the better I am at compassionately and effectively contributing to the conversation, and at dreaming up empowering and dignifying strategies to promote equity and racial reconciliation…all of which results in me being a better person, parent, teacher, and leader in multiethnic environments.

Are you wanting to increase your understanding, compassion, and effectiveness too? This year’s Anti-Racism Book Club for parents/teachers/admin is starting next month! We’ll be reading Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome by Dr. Joy DeGruy.

I know, I know. The title is intimidating lol, but don’t worry, Dr. Joy is all about the peace, hope, and humor, even in the midst of figuring out the hard stuff. And let’s be real, it’s not like any of us really *wants* to read and talk about this exhausting and uncomfortable subject, it’s just that we sorta kinda have to if we want to play a positive role in our society’s continued progress. It is what it is. We do what it takes. You in?

Our discussion will start this November every 1st & 3rd Thursday.

Diversify Your Home Library!

Attend The Monthly PTSA Meeting To Win FREE Books that celebrate diversity!

Diverse music playlist

Rampello Mixtape: Black History Month

It’s Black History Month, y’all!

What are your & your kids’ favorite songs that are written/performed by Black artists? We’d love for you to add them to our Rampello mixtape!

Feel free to add songs all month long from any genre (gospel, hip hop, r&b, instrumental, Caribbean, etc.) as long is it is clean and fairly kid-friendly.

If you don’t have songs to add, that’s ok! Check out what’s on there, and you just might find a few new hidden gems ❤️.



Build Meaningful Cross-Cultural Relationships With Fellow Pirate Moms & Dads

Let’s show our kids how it’s done!

Breaking Bread: A Rampello PTSA Culture-Share Initiative

Don’t wait until next November to enjoy another Friendsgiving meal; you can host a small one at your home this spring! Our new “Breaking Bread” culture-share initiative provides Rampello students, parents and caregivers with a unique opportunity to build cross-cultural friendships with fellow pirates outside of school.

Who: You and your cooking skills

What: Enjoy a home-cooked meal with a Rampello family from a different ethnic background

Where: Your home/their home

When: Participating families will be matched in February 2022

Why: Because the best way to combat division is with the intentional pursuit of unity and friendship. ❤️

We ask our kids to match their shapes and colors and animals, and we teach them to notice patterns at an early age. Well, these little geniuses are also noticing real-life racialized patterns, with or without our guidance 😬. Our kids notice who sits at our dinner tables and who doesn’t; whose homes we visit and whose we don’t; who we meet up with for play dates and who we don’t. Even if they never verbalize it, they absolutely notice who the authority figures in their lives tend to be, and they notice which people tend to fill the photo albums in our phones and social media pages.

So when we say “It doesn’t matter what color someone is, what matters is what’s in their heart” our sweet kiddos are left to reconcile this Hallmark quote with the contradicting reality surrounding them. It can be pretty confusing. Let’s simplify things by showing our kids that our words and real lives DO match. No more “accidental” segregation. Let’s come together *on purpose* and break some bread. ❤️

Sure, lasting change is hard and will take more than one or two meals worth of effort, but we have to start somewhere.

Start here.

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Anti-Racism Book Club Meeting #5

Read chapters 7 & 8 of “Why Are All The Black Kids...”

Anti-Racism Book Club Meeting #4

Please read chapters 5 & 6 of “Why Are All The Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?”

Anti-Racism Book Club Meeting #3

Please read chapter 4 of “Why Are All The Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?”

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Anti-Racism Book Club Fall Meeting #2

Please read chapter 3 of “Why Are All The Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?”

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Anti-Racism Book Club Fall Meeting #1

Please read chapters 1 & 2 of “Why Are All The Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?”

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Watch this!

Know Better. Do Better.

How To Explain Race & Slavery To Young Children

Black Doll, White Doll Study

My Neighborhood is Diverse...JK

What It Means To Be An Ally

Probably The Single Most Important Bit Of Race Education You’ll Ever Receive

Must-Watch For White People Who Have Black Friends

Important Thanksgiving Tips For Teachers From a Native American Teacher

One Earth, One People, One Love Sign Language

Learn 5 Easy Cree words

Native American heritage month

Looking for children’s books and classroom activity ideas that are fun, thoughtful, and honoring of Native Americans?

We Are Water Protectors

Fry Bread

We All Play

When We Are Kind

May We Have Enough To Share

My Heart Fills With Happiness

Bowwow Powwow

We Are Grateful

We Are Still Here!: Native American Truths Everyone Should Know

Sharice’s Big Voice: A Native Kid Becomes a Congresswoman

Must-have book for middle schoolers:
An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States for Young People

Must-have book for TEACHERS:
Lessons From Turtle Island: Native Curriculum in Early Childhood Classes

The last thing our selfless teachers need are “you’re doing it wrong” messages thrown at them, which is why I appreciate this Turtle Island resource! The Native American authors don’t shame and condemn teachers. They come from a place of love and appreciation for teachers. And instead of just listing what NOT to do (like making feather headdresses and totem poles), they also gently explain why certain things are problematic AND provide tons of alternative activities so that teachers can still have fun in their classrooms! Just...without offending an entire people group lol. When we know better, we do better ❤️.

Activity #1
*Learn how to say hello, thank you, friend, let’s play, and I love you in Cree
*Write “Hiy Hiy” (thank you) cards addressed to 3 different people. Include one sentence explaining what child is thanking them for.
* Read “We All Count”
* Sing along to the Cree Number Song

Activity #2
*Read “My Heart Fills With Happiness”
*Book description: The sun on your face. The smell of warm bannock baking in the oven. Holding the hand of someone you love. What fills your heart with happiness? This beautiful board book, with illustrations from celebrated artist Julie Flett, serves as a reminder for little ones and adults alike to reflect on and cherish the moments in life that bring us joy.
*Activity: Have each child create their own 3D heart craft, and fill the heart with all the things they love (written or drawn on heart shaped pieces of paper)

Activity #3
*Read “We All Play”
*Book description: This wonderful book celebrates playtime and the interconnectedness between children and the natural world. Beautiful illustrations show animals found at Turtle Island:
* birds who chase and chirp!
* bears who wiggle and wobble!
* whales who swim and squirt!
* owls who peek and peep!
* and a diverse group of kids who love to do the same, shouting: We play too! / kimêtawânaw mîna
*Activity: have each child choose the animal from the book they like the most, and create an animal face mask.

Diverse music playlist

Rampello Mixtape: Holiday Favorites

Diwali was just last month, Hanukkah recently ended, Chinese New Year is coming up soon, and Christmas & Kwanzaa are just a few days away! This is a festive season, to be sure. Which holiday tunes are your family’s favorites?

Add a few of your favorite holiday songs to our Rampello Mixtape! They can be culturally significant, in languages other than English, or just a family favorite that has yet to make our shared holiday playlist. Link below!

Bonus points if it’s a hidden gem that’s absolutely BEAUTIFUL to listen to! (perhaps a rendition of “Carol of the Bells” that gives us chills)

Happy holidays & happy listening! ❤️

Ps. Teachers and admin are encouraged to participate!

Pps. Oh, and this goes without saying, but apart from adding a couple of songs, please don’t edit or delete anything. If you hate a song skip it, and if you love a song add it to your own playlist 🙂.

Ppps. Want to participate in our delicious culture-share project in February 2022? Don’t forget to sign up for Breaking Bread here: