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Inclusion and Diversity

Inclusion and Diversity at Montair

Diversity means valuing the unique offerings that each of us brings to the Montair community. There are many ways that we define ourselves as individuals—gender, ethnicity, religion, culture, socioeconomic status, ability, age, parental status, and a host of other factors that make up our identities. Emphasizing diversity teaches our children to appreciate differences among people as much as similarities. And inclusion encourages us to reach out and engage every member of our school community so that everyone feels welcome and valued.  

Montair’s Inclusion and Diversity Committee (IDC) organizes a range of initiatives throughout the year to promote these goals. These include:

Inclusion Club

A monthly meeting, open to all Montair students, grades TK-5.  The subject matter is based on district-wide resolutions celebrating the many facets of our world- Autism, Women’s History, Bullying Prevention, etc. These meetings may present a speaker knowledgeable on the topic of the month, a video related to the subject matter, or reading a pertinent book, and engaging the kids in conversation. Additionally, the kids will usually participate in a related activity.  Coupled with these meetings, Mrs. Suffoletta displays a relevant tri-fold and reading materials in the library each month.  

Festival Around the World

Held in January, the annual festival celebrates our school’s diverse cultural backgrounds with an evening of food, music, dance, and art and is open to the community.

Words Matter Week (MMW)

WMW is a district-wide initiative to promote the importance of kindness and word choice. It is held during the first week of February. Students are encouraged to participate in a variety of activities to spread kindness throughout their school and community.  

Please join us on this journey. When we teach our children to hear and include more voices, we truly enrich them and their world.

Contact us:

For more information, or to volunteer to help, please contact: 

Cheryl Aza, cherylaza@gmail.com, PTA Inclusion and Diversity Co-Chair

Carmela Salomon, carmela.salomon@icloud.com, PTA Inclusion and Diversity Co-Chair

IDC Meeting Dates:

Inclusion Club is held (mostly) on the first Wacky Wednesday of each month from 1:10 pm to 2:10 pm.  Watch for announcements in the Montair Minute for sign ups!

Sept. 4, 2019 Dyslexia Awareness Month

Oct. 2, 2019 Bullying Prevention Month

Nov. 6, 2019 Native American History Month

Dec. 4, 2019 Hispanic Heritage Month

Jan. 8, 2020 Words Matter Week

Feb. 12, 2019 African American History Month

March 4, 2019 Women's History Month

April 1, 2019 Autism Acceptance Month

May 6, 2019 Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month

IDC ResourCes

Here is a list of 50 multicultural books recommended by the National Education Association for elementary and preschool students.