Friday, September 27, 2019

Notes from the Folwell Falcon Morning Announcements today, 9.27.19!

Falcons S.O.A.R.!! 

Here at Folwell we want everyone to feel welcome and that they belong.  We know we're welcome when people smile at us and greet us with friendly words!  We know we belong when we're included and invited to play at recess!  We know we belong when we notice the ways we're all the same and accept the ways we're different! This week, take time to greet others with a smile and invite them to play!

S - Safety
Safe actions keep everyone's bodies from being hurt.  When we act in safe ways, we keep our hands to ourselves and don't use them to touch others in hurtful ways.  When we use safe words, we make sure nobody's feelings are hurt.  Safe words are kind and respectful! 

O - Own Your Behavior
One way is to be responsible.  This helps make our school a place where everyone can learn.  When we're responsible, we can be trusted to do the right thing.  We help others.  We clean up our messes  We admit when we make mistakes or do the wrong thing. 

A - Always Learning
Another way to be responsible is when we focus on our school work.

R - Respectful
Being respectful helps everyone feel welcome and safe.  When we act respectfully, we listen carefully to each other, help each other, and try to understand how someone feels.  When we speak respectfully, we use friendly words and say please and thank you.  We don't call other people names. 

Thanks for your hard work, Falcons!  
You matter and YOU make a difference! 

Modified from 2015 Committee for Children, Second Step Principal Toolkit 

Second Step Program - Social Emotional Learning

Dear Family, 
We want your child to be as successful as possible at school. Success in school is not just about reading and math. It is also about knowing how to learn and how to get along with others. We will be using the Second Step program in your child’s classroom to teach these critical skills. 

The Second Step program teaches skills in the following four areas:
1. Skills for Learning: Students gain skills to help themselves learn, including how to focus their attention, listen carefully, use self-talk to stay on task, and be assertive when asking for help with schoolwork.
2. Empathy: Students learn to identify and understand their own and others’ feelings. Students also 
learn how to take another’s perspective and how to show compassion.
3. Emotion Management: Students learn specific skills for calming down when experiencing strong 
feelings, such as anxiety or anger.
4. Problem Solving: Students learn a process for solving problems with others in a positive way. 

Your child will be learning a lot this year—and he or she will need your help! Throughout the year, your child will be bringing home Home Links that go with several of the Second Step lessons. Home Links are simple, fun activities for you and your child to complete together. They are a great way for you to understand what your child is learning and for your child to show you what he or she knows. 

If you have any questions about the Second Step program, please do not hesitate to contact us for more information. Thank you for supporting your child in learning the skills that lead to success in school and in life. 

Second Step: Skills for Social and Academic Success © 2011 Committee for Children