Today my son brought home a newsletter from his kindergarten class, it's something the teacher is going to be doing monthly to keep us up to date with what's happening in class.
This month their themes are going to be pumpkins, thanksgiving (Canadian) and Halloween.
The newsletter said, "along with the Thanksgiving theme we will begin saying grace before snack and lunch."
Now.... I'm trying really hard to remain calm and not over react. However, inside I'm actually livid, to the point of being sick to my stomach and shaking.
This is a public school. Religion is not allowed in our public schools.
My husband is Atheist and I do not believe in the indoctrination of children. I do not believe that children should be involved in religious activity until they are of an age to really understand what religion means - this includes 'giving thanks' or saying 'grace'. My child doesn't even know who/what God is yet. We've never discussed the concept, and I don't intend to until I think he's old enough to appreciate it.
My husband feels we should right a letter to the teacher, school and school board expressing our feelings over this. Because I'm trying to remain calm, I think I should get clarification from the teacher of what this 'grace' entails, before going off the deep end.
For what it's worth I live in a very deeply Catholic/Ukrainian area. Ukrainian language and Catholic classes are an option in the school. Not that that excuses anything.
So, what would you do?