Beware, the ides of March are upon us, and so with them, the new SEL theme of the month: RESPECT! Visit this month’s Bitmoji classroom for videos, book read alouds, and more resources on how you can show respect to people, places, and things all around you. Take a peek at the bulletin board by the main office as well; welcome back students!!
This week is National School Counseling Week! This week is recognized to focus public attention on the unique contribution of school counselors within U.S. school systems. National School Counseling Week highlights the tremendous impact school counselors can have in helping students achieve school success and plan for a career. A huge shout-out and thank you to our own school counselor at LaSalle II- Ms. Sapieka. We are very thankful for her continuous hard work and support for our students and our school community.
This month we celebrate Black History Month at LaSalle II! In learning about black leaders of the past and present, we also focus on the social emotional learning theme of bravery. From taking global action to making small changes in daily life, people face tasks requiring bravery everyday. We hope that our students can learn about and from some of society’s most influential black voices and build bravery in their own ability to create actionable change in the world. Visit Ms. Sapieka’s bitmoji classroom this month for videos, book read alouds, and MANY more resources on bravery and Black History Month for both you and your child!
This month we are learning about EMPATHY! Empathy, defined as the ability to understand and share the feelings of another, is a skill that we use on a daily basis. Additionally, in a time when peoples’ faces are often covered with masks, it can be even harder to identify the feelings of those around us. So, let’s take time this month to be thankful for the time we do have together, even remotely, and work on our skill of empathy!
Please visit Ms. Sapieka’s bitmoji classroom all about empathy this month to view videos, book read alouds, and additional resources about teaching and learning about empathy. Thanks for contributing to the social emotional wellness of our students and entire school community!
This month we are focusing on TEAMWORK! As LaSalle II Falcons, we are great at working together and always try to help make each other better. Additionally, it’s always important to continue working on this skill. In life there are endless situations where teamwork is necessary and helpful. It is a critical skill to success in school, as well as a valuable social emotional ability for people of all ages.
Please visit Ms. Sapieka’s bitmoji classroom (with a special guest appearance from Dr. Albani!) which is all about teamwork this month to view videos, book read alouds, and additional resources about teaching and learning about teamwork. Thanks for contributing to the social emotional wellness of our students and entire school community!
As the winter draws to a close, we look to focus on perseverance and grit this March, since we can all probably use a little bit of those to get us to spring break! Perseverance, defined as persistence in doing something despite difficulty or delay in achieving success, and grit, courage and resolve/strength of character, are highly valuable attributes in life and in education. We want our students to know that facing challenges makes them grow, failure helps them learn a different way to approach a task, and when obstacles are hard, it makes them all the more worth doing. Students will watch videos related to perseverance and grit this month, and at home you can discuss times when you have overcome obstacles and shown that failure is not the end, but merely another stepping stone to success.
This month we are focusing on problem solving! There are lots of strategies to solve interpersonal conflicts. Some of them are to talk it out, ask the person to stop, ignore the behavior, walk away, and, if none of those work, find an adult. We want to empower our students to achieve conflict resolution skills on their own, and support them when those conflicts rise above the level that kids can handle. Another strategy we use that can be applied to problem solving is ‘How Big Is My Problem?’ From a big problem (like a safety emergency) to a tiny problem (I need a new pencil) students can identify what type of problem they have and decide what actions to take.
This month our social emotional learning (SEL) theme is KINDNESS! All LaSalle II Falcons will be encouraged to participate in The Great Kindness Challenge (GKC), a proactive and positive bullying prevention initiative that improves school climate and increases student engagement. During the last week of January, students will be devoted to performing as many acts of kindness as possible at school. Using a provided checklist, students accept the challenge, and those who complete the challenge will receive some GKC swag and be entered into a raffle! All homerooms who have 100% completion will also get recognition with a window decal. Let’s show the world that KINDNESS MATTERS!