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Practicing skills for social awareness, developing interpersonal intelligence, and learning responsible decision-making.

February: POSITIVITY

This month, we’re exploring the power of positivity, and how positive words and affirmations can have a profound affect on us as individuals and on our greater community!

For Positivity Month every faculty member and student will be making a positivity bracelet! BEE positive, BEE happy, or BEE kind! 🐝😃

For Positivity Month every faculty member and student will be making a positivity bracelet! BEE positive, BEE happy, or BEE kind! 🐝😃

Our POSITIVITY board is complete (located outside of the Library) and features words of positivity on petals from each student and faculty member!

Our POSITIVITY board is complete (located outside of the Library) and features words of positivity on petals from each student and faculty member!

Our POSITIVITY board is complete (located outside of the Library) and features words of positivity on petals from each student and faculty member!

January: INCLUSIVITY

January’s SEL Theme of the Month is INCLUSIVITY! This topic dovetails so wonderfully with our Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Week of Service, taking place January 13 – 17. During the week preceding MLK Day, students will engage in activities to learn about and celebrate diversity and inclusivity. Activities include a collaborative “Inclusion Mural” art project, community service activities at Old Pine Community Center, the St. Peter’s Church Food Cupboard and Cradles to Crayons, and the ECD Peace March through our neighborhood on Thursday morning.

Kate Childs discusses with our community Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. ideals and aspirations, and how this should inform the spirit of our week of service. She also explained how our MLK Week activities offer an opportunity for our students and faculty to be Allies, Advocates and Activists!

These Prekindergarten and Kindergarten classes participated in the Egg Experiment, where a white and a brown egg were both cracked open, to reveal the same thing on the inside, helping to demonstrate that we are all equal, regardless of the color of our skin.

Our Third Graders went to the Old Pine Community Center to help sort through donations of clothing and shoes, to be made available to members of the community who are in need. 

Our ECD Students led a Peace March through the neighborhood in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., on Thursday, January 16. Students chanted “peace” and “love” as they walked to Head House Square, to sing the “Love” song!

Our ECD Students led a Peace March through the neighborhood in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., on Thursday, January 16. Students chanted “peace” and “love” as they walked to Head House Square, to sing the “Love” song!

Our ECD Students led a Peace March through the neighborhood in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., on Thursday, January 16. Students chanted “peace” and “love” as they walked to Head House Square, to sing the “Love” song!

Our ECD Students led a Peace March through the neighborhood in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., on Thursday, January 16. Students chanted “peace” and “love” as they walked to Head House Square, to sing the “Love” song!

Lower Schoolers participated in various activities in the spirit of service and inclusivity for MLK Week. Each student got a chance to design posters for the Peace March, write “Warm Wish” notes that will be included in Cradles to Crayons donation bundles, and discuss what it means to be an Ally vs. a Bystander.

Lower Schoolers participated in various activities in the spirit of service and inclusivity for MLK Week. Each student got a chance to design posters for the Peace March, write “Warm Wish” notes that will be included in Cradles to Crayons donation bundles, and discuss what it means to be an Ally vs. a Bystander.

Lower Schoolers participated in various activities in the spirit of service and inclusivity for MLK Week. Each student got a chance to design posters for the Peace March, write “Warm Wish” notes that will be included in Cradles to Crayons donation bundles, and discuss what it means to be an Ally vs. a Bystander.

Lower Schoolers participated in various activities in the spirit of service and inclusivity for MLK Week. Each student got a chance to design posters for the Peace March, write “Warm Wish” notes that will be included in Cradles to Crayons donation bundles, and discuss what it means to be an Ally vs. a Bystander.

Our Kindergarteners went to the Old Pine Community Center to help sort through donations of clothing and shoes, to be made available to members of the community who are in need. 

Our Kindergarteners went to the Old Pine Community Center to help sort through donations of clothing and shoes, to be made available to members of the community who are in need. 

Upper Schoolers helped sort and bag grocery and produce items at the St. Peter’s Church Food Cupboard, preparing for the 180 families who are served weekly by the Food Cupboard.

November & December: KINDNESS

November and December are devoted to the SEL theme of Kindness.  We’re using what we have learned about respect and empathy to spread kindness throughout the community.  The faculty is also getting a dose of SEL as well this month as we worked together to create Kindness Rocks to spread around the school! Every small act has a great impact and we’re leading by example for our amazing students.

One way our Students are demonstrating Kindness (November & December’s SEL Theme of the Month) is by writing kindness notes or drawings on cards that have been placed in folders on our fence along Lombard Street with a big poster. Our hope is that people passing by will take a note, smile and pass on the positivity!

One way our Students are demonstrating Kindness (November & December’s SEL Theme of the Month) is by writing kindness notes or drawings on cards that have been placed in folders on our fence along Lombard Street with a big poster. Our hope is that people passing by will take a note, smile and pass on the positivity!

Teachers are sharing this calendar with Students, and are coming up with ways to show kindness in a variety of ways, every single day in the month of December!

These First Graders wrote “Kindness Notes” to Santa!

October: COMPASSION & EMPATHY

This month, our community is experiencing what it means to show empathy and compassion by increasing awareness of one another and our reactions or responses to each other. We are learning how to find ways to connect and show care for those who may appear vastly different from us but, in fact, add richness to our lives when we work to understand and have compassion for their experiences.

Our First Graders explored this month’s theme by listening to the story Those Shoes by Maribeth Boelts, discussing ways they can show empathy to others, and writing down these thoughts on paper shoes.  This exercise allowed the students to understand what it might feel like to be in someone else’s shoes!

Our First Graders explored this month’s theme by listening to the story Those Shoes by Maribeth Boelts, discussing ways they can show empathy to others, and writing down these thoughts on paper shoes.  This exercise allowed the students to understand what it might feel like to be in someone else’s shoes!

Our First Graders explored this month’s theme by listening to the story Those Shoes by Maribeth Boelts, discussing ways they can show empathy to others, and writing down these thoughts on paper shoes.  This exercise allowed the students to understand what it might feel like to be in someone else’s shoes!

Our First Graders explored this month’s theme by listening to the story Those Shoes by Maribeth Boelts, discussing ways they can show empathy to others, and writing down these thoughts on paper shoes.  This exercise allowed the students to understand what it might feel like to be in someone else’s shoes!

Our First Graders explored this month’s theme by listening to the story Those Shoes by Maribeth Boelts, discussing ways they can show empathy to others, and writing down these thoughts on paper shoes.  This exercise allowed the students to understand what it might feel like to be in someone else’s shoes!

September: RESPECT

In September, the monthly theme of Respect guided our community to think about what it means to respect ourselves and each other, and how by doing both of these things, we can make better choices, treat others as we would like to be treated, and create a space where everyone has a voice and feels heard.

Seventh and First Graders came together to discuss this month’s SEL Theme of Respect, creating “Respect” Flowers to illustrate how we as individuals, as a class, and as a community can help create a strong culture of respect.

Seventh and First Graders came together to discuss this month’s SEL Theme of Respect, creating “Respect” Flowers to illustrate how we as individuals, as a class, and as a community can help create a strong culture of respect.