This week we completed our second No Place for Hate activity! Last year was the first year for BPE to do dress up days before Winter Break. This year our NPFH student council members decided to build on these days and make them very intentional with opportunities for meaningful conversation. Fifth grade student council members stood up during assembly each day this week to talk about ways to promote inclusion, be an ally, and prevent bullying. These kids worked so hard creating scripts and thinking of ways to end the year on a positive note. Though we know dress up days are fun and exciting (and maybe a little chaotic), our goal was to use these days as an exciting way to get all students involved and provide teachers an opportunity to incorporate conversations surrounding inclusivity and anti-bullying in morning meetings and throughout the day.
This week we also wrapped up our December counselor lesson about perseverance. We read the Principal’s Book of the Month, After The Fall: How Humpty Dumpty Got Back Up Again, and discussed the importance of perseverance and always moving forward. We also talked about how we can shield ourselves from giving up and motivate ourselves to persevere by using positive self talk.
Last week we introduced our December Life Skill: Perseverance. The choice to focus on perseverance at this particular time of year was very intentional. Often as we approach the winter break, students find it challenging to stay motivated. Fun parties, performances, schedule changes, impending travel plans, and thoughts of gifts and celebrations, though exciting are also distracting and exhausting. Kids and grownups alike find it hard to maintain focus this time of year, so it’s especially important that we practice perseverance.
This week our fourth grade No Place for Hate Student Council members began promoting our second No Place for Hate activity of the year: Bully Free Dress Up Week! Next week, each day will have a themed dress up day to further our goal of a friendly and inclusive campus! Fifth grade No Place for Hate Student Council will talk more in depth each day next week about how to achieve our goal of being a Bully-Free campus. See the picture below for specifics about each dress up day.
This month our counselor led classroom lesson built on the the November life skill, Growth Mindset. During each classroom visit, we explored “The Power of Yet” as we read the story, The Thing Lou Couldn’t Do. Students took time in each class to set goals and think about ways they can have a growth mindset at home or at school. In third through fifth grade, students also watched a video about a group of young boys in Southern Thailand who used a growth mindset to start the original Panyee Football Club in 1986.
On Friday, November 17 we hosted a Parent Coffee to discuss how to empower your child using SEL. If you were unable to attend our parent coffee, or attended and want to refer to a slide, the whole presentation is posted on the Parent Talks section of our BPE SEL page.
We are excited to share with your our second No Place for Hate activity of the school year: Bully Free Dress Up Week! The week prior to the winter break, we will dress up each day to take a stand against bullying. Please see the picture below for more information.