This week we celebrated Valentine’s Day, a day to share love, appreciation, kindness, and compassion and this Sunday, February 17 is Random Acts of Kindness day. Both of these special days line up perfectly with the launch of our final No Place for Hate activity: Project Kindness! Next week, students in each grade will fill out slips of paper with inspirational messages, compliments and other uplifting comments. Once completed, these notes will be placed in jars around the school. Students are encouraged to draw slips from these jars anytime they feel compelled to lift someone’s spirits, or even brighten their own day. This project was created by former BPE 5th graders and we are excited to carry on the project and make it a tradition!
One of our goals for the second semester and also as we look forward to the next school year is to serve more students here at BPE both individually and in a small group setting. While we have several ways we are hoping to achieve this, one change we are starting now is reformatting our small groups. Though some of groups will continue to follow our traditional 6 session format, we will also be starting three and four session mini groups. We've utilized peer models in many of our groups in the past, but we are striving to include even more peer models in each group we serve moving forward. When possible, we are also trying to serve different students in each group (i.e. minimize the number of repeat students in groups). This means many of you may be receiving information about your child joining a small group and we want you to know this should not cause concern! These are just a handful of changes you may see coming and we are so excited to get to work closely with even more students!