Dear Parents and Guardians,
St. Francis de Sales is growing in kindness! This week Mrs. Maglio and I teamed up to teach a lesson about kindness in 5th grade. Students learned how kindness has the power to affect others. Students participated in an activity that showed how each little thing we do goes out, like a ripple, into the world. Be sure to ask your child about the ripple effect.
This lesson was based off the book Each Kindness by Jacqueline Woodson. This story depicted a new student who continued to try to make friends despite the constant name-calling and unkind behavior that she experienced. Maya is turned away by her classmates each time she asks them to play. The student learns to play by herself until one day she does not return to school. The teacher in the story teaches a lesson about how small acts of kindness can change someone’s life. The students are regretful that they did not take the opportunity to show kindness.
Kindness can very easily spread out into the world. Students shared acts of kindness that they had participated in including sharing with others, helping neighbors, doing chores at home, assisting the teacher, and many others. This lesson ended on a positive note with emphasis on spreading kindness into the world.
This month we will be kicking off the school year with a school-wide program, Start with Hello week! This program enables students to make a difference with their peers in a simple, fun, and impactful way. We will be encouraging students to take small but powerful actions to promote connectedness and inclusion, and to identify and help others who are showing signs of social isolation. Stay tuned for a detailed schedule.
Start With Hello Week: September 23–27, 2019
On Friday, September 27th students will participate in Mix It Up Day! This event will take place during lunch for all students. Students will eat during their normal lunch time. Students will be mixed up by staff on the day of the event.
Mix It Up at lunch is a time to make new friends by sitting at a different lunch table in the cafeteria. Mix It Up is an activity to help us break out of our “comfort zones” and explore new ways of relating to and getting to know the people around us. Besides the excitement of this event, there is another important reason to participate in this special day.
The reason many kids get teased, bullied or picked on is because they are somehow seen as different—in the way they look, dress or talk, or even the family they come from, for example. Sometimes it may feel scary to get to know a classmate who is different from you. But once you take the first step, you’ll see that there’s a lot to learn from making friends with people who may be different from you in some way. By making a new friend, you may find out some cool things you would never be able to if you always stuck with people who are just like you. Including others and making new friends can be scary, but taking that big leap to talk to a new person may help them feel included, accepted, welcome and safe at school. And that is always worth a little bit of extra effort!
Mix It Up Day: Friday, September 27, 2019
Cookies with the Counselor is getting sweeter! Students in 5th– 8th grade will be joining in on all the fun! This event will be a monthly get to know you lunch. Once a month I will be hosting Cookies with the Counselor in a selected classroom. Five students from each grade will have the opportunity to have lunch with me.
This is a chance for students I don’t normally get to work with to have the opportunity to have lunch with me. The lunch is for the first five students in each grade who sign up. The list is full and I’m excited! The students will bring their lunches (they can pack or buy that day) and I will provide the cookies.
Check out the pictures below from our very first Cookies with the Counselor!
Cookies with the Counselor (5-8): Wednesday, September 25, 2019