Over winter break we cleared out the lost and found and donated remaining items to an orphanage. We will do the same over spring break and again at the end of the school year. We clear out the lost and found both to reduce clutter and make it easier for students to find their lost items. When the lost and found gets really full it becomes more challenging to look for items. The lost and found is still thin, but it is beginning to fill up again! Please encourage your children to visit the lost and found while it is still light enough to sort through so they can claim their lost items.
As we prepare for a three day weekend, it is easy to forget why we have this Monday off from school and work. It is no accident that we chose to focus on empathy during the same month we celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. We recognize the powerful work Dr. King did in promoting justice and equality and, perhaps most importantly, doing so peacefully. While I imagine many of us as teachers, counselors, and parents encourage our children to stand up to injustice and inequality, I think the traits we most want our children to emulate are his empathy and compassion. Our world is quite different than it was fifty years ago, but our kids are still growing up in a very divisive climate. Dr. King’s message is just as powerful and relevant today. Our hope for this long weekend is that we can pause and reflect on what we are doing to encourage our kids to love, be empathic, and care for all people.
Welcome back from break and happy 2019! We are excited to dive head first into this second semester. It is amazing how quickly the school year has passed already! This month our life skill focus is on empathy. Empathy is a challenging skill to teach, the best way we can promote empathy within our students and community is by modeling it ourselves and encouraging our kids to practice it as frequently as possible. One of my favorite ways for practicing empathy is using characters in the books we are reading to imagine how they might be feeling in various situations throughout the story.
We have also kicked off our second No Place for Hate activity of the school year, which is a Kindness Chain. Students are encouraged to notice acts of kindness happening around campus and acts bestowed upon them. When students see or experience these acts of kindness, they are writing them down on strips of paper and adding them to chains within their classrooms. We will be building these chains over the next couple of weeks and will attach them all to one and other at the end of the month. We are excited to see how many acts of kindness are happening around Bridge Point!