I think we have been asking the same question since March. With a tease here and there, it's hardly been "spring". However, it looks like we've turned the corner! Except for today's rain, it's been great watching the children enjoy outdoor recess!
This week we enjoyed the Bay Colony Educators, courtesy of our generous PTO! They always do a great job enhancing our Social Studies curriculum with a look back at how the colonists lived. Thank you!
Enjoy some photos:
Dr. Worthley shared The Medfield Coalition to Prevent Suicide is a group of community members, clergy, law enforcement, school administration and staff, and mental health professionals who meet at least monthly to discuss climate, prevention, and steps to be taken as a town to decrease suicidality, and to increase access to resources and support. One of these steps has been to enter into a contract with William James College and their Interface Referral Service. The William James Interface Referral Service is a mental health telephone helpline, staffed by clinicians (doctoral candidates) at William James College, formerly Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology. This service is available to any member resident of Medfield, regardless of age. Medfield has contracted with William James for an initial two year contract. Interface keeps up to date information regarding each mental health clinician in the area, including insurance, availability, specialty and location. When a resident calls the helpline, a doctoral level student clinician performs an intake, and will match up a potential client with the best available clinician based on the information provided. Interface has a huge database of clinicians, so the time before being seen by a clinician is significantly decreased. The feedback thus far has been very positive, and families are reporting excellent results and quick access to counseling/psychiatric services. Please visit Interface if you are in need of any referrals or supports to ensure your family's well-being.
Speaking of SEL, it is surprising that the Site Council Parents' Survey results included suggestions that we address this important topic, SEL, here at Wheelock. Well, we do!
Below I am listing most of our initiatives that we have in place to support your children and address their social/emotional needs:
- Open Circle - foundational, social emotional learning curriculum - weekly classroom meeting; 5 monthly assemblies
- Social Thinking Curriculum - Garcia Winner - taught to all classes
- How Does Your Engine Run - taught to all classes
- Wheelock Hoot Program and Principal's Breakfasts
- Guidance groups and check ins
- Psychologists' groups and check ins
- Lunch Bunches
- Franklin, Wheelock's Service Dog interactions
- Fundraising to develop empathy: Jump Rope for Heart, Pennies for Patients, A Walk for Franklin; A Walk for Joey (in June), Food Cupboard, Cradles for Crayons, Wear a Hat Give a Hat, Stick Ms. Connolly to the Wall; many efforts by MHS and Scouts
- Heather Abbott and Craig Woodhams visit about people with disabilities June 4th
- Principal's Birthday Box
- Kindness Rocks project
- Mindfulness Moments
- Growth Mindset
- Break Room
- Go Noodle app for movement breaks
- Grant sponsored seating options for students in the classroom
- Diversity - picture books, Family Builder games
- Adjustments to consequences: PBIS aspects - positive incentives
- Review and practice of safety protocols
- Adjustments to homework amounts
- Daily Kindness reminders
The social and emotinal well-being of our students is highly valued and identified as a significant need by Wheelock staff. We take our students' emotional health seriously.
That being said, everyone works hard at Wheelock to address all students' learning and social/emotional needs. The activities and programs noted above provide a sound foundation for our work. Over the years, Parent Coffees and staff presentations have highlighted many of these efforts. They are also discussed at PTO meetings, the Flash or in this blog. We will continue to provide you with information about our progams and initiatives going forward. Questions? Don't hesitate to reach out!
Check out this video on SEL.
It's that time! Sonja Johannson and her amazing Master Gardeners are here to work with our second graders. The children are busy planting vegetables and herbs that will be harvested by the children in the fall when they are in grade 3! Thank you, parent volunteers!
Have a nice weekend!