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Wellness & Equity

Meet our Director of Wellness & Equity, Kate Childs, LPC

In researching trauma and adverse childhood experiences, Childs notes that “one major factor for resilience is having someone you connect with.” So, St. Peter’s School is using “Character Strong”, a curriculum designed to give teachers and students a more consistent and safe space to work through emotions, tough questions, and grow together. It is “discourse on a more intentional level.”

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This year, the Racial Literacy program will be integrated into the curriculum in an initiative that has been years in the making, but takes on more potency and immediacy in the current climate, and expanding on many of the questions students had already been asking, both at home and at school. To that end, providing parents the toolkit to continue these discussions is another piece of the puzzle.


Last fall, Kate Child’s spoke with an editor from to discuss the School’s initiatives around Wellness and Equity.

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SEL & CharacterStrong

We focus on connecting and building relationships with each student. Social and Emotional Learning provides our students skills to manage emotions, resolve conflict and improve self-awareness, guided by the CharacterStrong program. Along with ongoing training and support from Kate Childs, teachers intentionally integrate SEL education through specific lessons and weave the themes into the daily interactions within the community.  Kindness, respect, empathy, and creativity are among the school-wide, monthly themes teachers incorporate to foster a positive, connected, community of learners.


Zones of Regulation

During Social and Emotional Learning (SEL), students may participate in The Zones of Regulation® curriculum which are lessons and activities designed to help them gain skills in the area of self-regulation. Students enjoy creating a personalized Zones chart that is used to categorize their emotions into colors. They then use the chart to remind them of the regulation strategies they learned throughout the year so that they can use them at home or in the community.

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In the fall of 2020, SPS offered a virtual parent workshop on anxiety and the emotional health of children led by Dr. Margot Burke of Milestones Psychology and Wellness.

Zoom Recording

The Racial Literacy Curriculum by Pollyanna

In 2020 – 2021, our School embraced a new Racial Literacy Curriculum, which was developed by Monique Vogelsang for Pollyanna. This curriculum aims to broaden our students’ knowledge around inclusion and compassion by providing perspectives of those similar and different to their own. The implementation of the Racial Literacy Curriculum (RLC) allows us to further fulfill our School’s mission of educating students to be generous and committed citizens of their communities and the world.

RLC Info

Companion Guide & Book Recs

In September of 2020, SPS parents and caregivers were invited to learn more about the new Racial Literacy Curriculum during a workshop led by creator, Monique Vogelsang. The curriculum companion guide for parents/caregivers, as well as the complementary resources that were recommended by Monique and were referenced during the workshop, are linked here: