Wednesday, September 29, 2021

Second Step Begins!

 Dear Family, 

We want your child to be successful in school and that means encouraging their whole development. While excelling in academic classes is important, children also need skills to take on new learning challenges, make good decisions, manage strong emotions, and get along with others.

This week, we began Second Step Elementary, a research based social-emotional learning program designed to improve student’s social-emotional skills. Second Step skills and concepts are designed to help children both in and out of school. Four units will cover the following:

Growth Mindset and Goal Setting: Children learn how to pay attention and manage distractions, and apply goal setting strategies to their social and academic lives.

Emotion Management: Children learn how to identify and label emotions and use emotion management strategies- including stress management for older students- to calm strong feelings.

Empathy and Kindness: Children learn how to recognize kindness and act kindly, have empathy for others and take others’ perspectives, and recognize kind acts and empathy as important elements of building and maintaining relationships.

Problem-Solving: Children learn how to identify and state a problem, recognize if a problem is an accident, and use the STEP problem-solving process:

S: Say the problem

T: Think of solutions

E: Explore the outcomes

P: Pick a solution

You’ll receive weekly communication from your child’s teacher to help you reinforce Second Step language, skills, and goals at home. If you have any questions about Second Step Elementary please don’t hesitate to contact your child’s teacher, or school counselor, Stephanie Evans Hanson (

Thank you for your support as we work to build a safe and supportive school community!