Dear Parents and Guardians,
This week the 7th and 8th grade students will be discussing respect. I have planned a classroom guidance lesson around the meaning of respect. In this lesson students will devise their own meaning of what respect is to them. They will be brainstorming the meaning of respect in three forms (Sounds like, Looks like, Feels like).
How do we teach students to act in ways that demonstrate respect? By being tolerant of differences, using good manners and appropriate language, not threatening, hitting, or hurting anyone, and dealing peacefully with anger, insults, and disagreements. If we want our students to show respect, then we need to be respectful enough to them to show them that we care about them. We discussed the meaning of the golden rule, “Treat other how you want to be treated.” Students then reflected on how they have been treating others and what character traits they want to be known for.
In this lesson we discussed creating a positive environment by teaching students to show respect. We discussed how we can respect each other, ourselves, the environment, classmates, property, and teachers. This lesson ended on a positive note with emphasis on spreading kindness into the world. We discussed how this lesson ties into Start with Hello week.
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.
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 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. 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.
Cookies with the Counselor (5-8): Wednesday, September 25, 2019