This week, we wrapped up our classroom counselor lessons on respect. In each class we began by introducing our “tools” for showing respect: Manners, Consideration, and The Golden Rule. We highlighted these three tools as ways to show respect, but emphasized that these tools are only three of many. We then read the book Do Unto Otters by Laurie Keller and looked for evidence of our tools in use. Finally, we spent time going over the Resolution of Respect and concluded our lesson by having each student sign the resolution of respect. We are excited to get the ball rolling on No Place for Hate again this year beginning with our Resolution of Respect and assembling our student council, members of which were announced today!
This week we had nearly 60 fourth and fifth graders apply to serve on our No Place for Hate Student Council. We were blown away by the enormous interest of students in helping BPE further our mission of becoming a No Place for Hate campus again. As part of the application process, students were tasked with explaining why they would like to serve on the NPFH Student Council and also presenting ideas they have for how to make BPE a more kind, respectful and accepting school. A committee of administrators, counselors and fourth and fifth grade teachers are in the process of going through all of the applications to select eight fourth grade students and twelve fifth grade students to be a part of our No Place for Hate Student Council. With so many impressive applicants, it is a truly challenging process for us! We look forward to announcing our selections next week.
This week we began the process of creating our No Place for Hate® Student Council for this school year. This Student Council is made up of eight fourth graders and twelve fifth graders. We are currently accepting applications. Applications can be picked up from the counselors and need to be completed, including a parent signature, and turned in by no later than 3pm on Friday, September 21.
To further build on our September Life Skill of Respect, all students are signing a Resolution of Respect during their Counselor-led Lessons this month. Signing the Resolution of Respect is one of the first steps to BPE becoming a No Place for Hate® recognized school again this year. The No Place for Hate® initiative through the ADL provides a framework for schools to build a positive and inclusive community where respect is the norm. You can read more about the ADL and the No Place for Hate initiative here.
Finally, we had our New Student Social today in the library! Our New Student Social is a time for new students and their ambassadors to get to know each other better and have the opportunity to visit with other new students and ambassadors across grade levels.
Addie Edwards & Jennifer Cheatham
This week we introduced our first Life Skill of the year: Respect! We explained how to earn a Respect Bobcat Head cutout and what it means to show respect with the help of this video. Teachers began passing out Bobcat Heads to recognize students demonstrating respectful behavior. Students will continue to focus on showing Respect throughout the month of September. At the end of the month, all bobcat head cutouts will be entered into a drawing for gift certificates to All Star Burger!
This week we also began our counselor led lessons in some kindergarten and second grade classrooms. We read the book Do Unto Otters, by Laurie Keller, which facilitated discussion on respect and how to treat others. Please visit our Bridge Point SEL website at bpesel.weebly.com to see when we will be visiting your child’s classroom!