Social Justice & Equity


The PTA Social Justice & Equity Committee, at the suggestion of Ms. Klainer, Ms. Miskall, and
the GLES Race & Equity Team, purchased a curriculum about Martin Luther King, Jr. for GLES
teachers and staff to use in January to mark MLK Day. 

The PTA Social Justice & Equity Committee is hosting an optional weekend family field trip
on Saturday, January 22 at 10:30 am. Come learn more about Asian communities in our city,
while getting to know other GLES families!
We have 30 spots available for GLES students and caregivers to attend the tour, given by a
guide from the Wing Luke Museum. This outdoor, 90- to 110-minute walking tour of the
Chinatown-International District is recommended for elementary level students, focusing on the
relationship between the district’s communities and their environments, both historically and
Follow this link to sign up: Touch of Chinatown Sign Up
Please note we would like to prioritize GLES students (as opposed to other siblings and multiple
parents per student). Other notes:
• As of now, this is free; the cost is covered by the PTA. If the tour fills up quickly and there is
additional demand, we’ll consider adding another time slot and asking for family donations to
help defray the cost.
• Once we have an RSVP list, we’ll contact attendees about potential windows-open, masked
• If you can’t make it this time, the SJE committee looks forward to offering additional outdoor
weekend family field trips in 2022. We’re currently considering spring opportunities with the
African-American Museum and the Holocaust Center for Humanity. 
1/26 & 1/28 
The PTA Social Justice & Equity Committee has an additional 200 Black Lives Matter t-shirts –
designed by GLES’s own Laura Hammer – to distribute at GLES drop-off and pick-up on Wed,
Jan 26 and Fri, Jan 28. If your student(s) would like a shirt but you’re not able to make those
times, please contact us at and for special arrangements. We don’t have enough for every
student, and sizes are first-come first-served. These are the same designs distributed in
previous years, so if you already have one, try it on first to see if it still fits!

Students are encouraged to wear their Black Lives Matter t-shirts during Black Lives
Matter at School Week, Jan 31-Feb 4, when they’ll be learning about the BLM movement. 
If you have any questions or ideas about social justice and equity topics for the PTA to support, please contact