Starting this month and for the next four months, students in K2A will embark on a journey of kindness. Inspired by the book ‘Have You Filled a Bucket Today’, kids will learn how to lead happier and more rewarding lives by expressing kindness to themselves and others. By being intentional and mindful of their actions, children are encouraged to show positive behaviours and will learn how rewarding it is to express daily kindness, appreciation and love.
As the book states, ‘every person is born with an invisible bucket’. We want to be ‘bucket fillers’ rather than ‘bucket dippers’.
To encourage this positive behaviour at home, I ask that you email me any acts of kindness or photos of your child ‘filling a bucket’ at home. Every time a child fills anothers’ bucket, they put a stick in their real bucket at school, so they can see the positive affects of their actions.
We have done it! We just completed the third part, Work on Writing, of our literacy framework for the Daily Five. The children were able to focus and build writing stamina for over twenty minutes! Simply amazing!
Next week begins, Listen to Reading. Using the app called Raz Kids, children will develop independence and build stamina for listening to reading. The program has three essential components: listening to a book being read, guidance for reading a book independently, and answering comprehension questions.
Below is the invitation and schedule for Open Classrooms, next Thursday & Friday.
Below is a note fro Ms. Kris Besserides:
Dear Parents of K2 Students,
Over the past few weeks our D-2 School Counselor, Kris Bezzerides, has delivered a series of lessons about Being Body Smart. One of the main goals for these lessons is to provide our children with knowledge and teach protective behaviors in regards to their bodies and their right to be safe.
These lessons are age – appropriate and non-threatening. They are designed to empower students.
In this series of lessons students were taught:
- How to judge a safe and unsafe experience
- Warning signs our bodies use to tell us if a situation is unsafe
- No Means No – we are the boss of our own bodies and have a right to say no if someone is making us uncomfortable
- Creating a list of trusted adults we can talk with
- Learning the correct names for our ‘private parts’
Please see Ms. Bezzerides (email@example.com) if you have any questions about these lessons or how to talk with your children about this topic at home.
– ES Open Classrooms: Thursday & Friday, November 15th & 16th. You are invited to come, join, and participate in your child classes as homeroom teachers and specialists open their doors to show you a snapshot of your child’s daily lessons. Schedule is above.
– Headphones: Monday, November 12th: Please (if you have not done so already) bring in a pair of headphones that work with an ipad for your child to keep in class for the remainder of the year. This item is essential because we will begin building stamina for Listen to Reading, as part of our literacy framework.
– Bucket Filling at home: please share with me any acts of kindness done at home. We want to celebrate and acknowledge the happiness and warmth spread by our young students, as part of our project on Bucket Filling: A guide to daily happiness for kids. For more information, go to www.bucketfillers.com