Hi Wheelock Families,
I recently submitted a grant to the MCPE. The grant is called Expanding Literature: Diversity, Mindfulness and Empathy. I am hopeful it will be well-received. It is our goal to begin to expand the offerings in our classroom libraries and the school library. We hope to include more current and diverse offerings in addition to the wonderful selections already available to our students. Our goal as a school this year is to continue to work with our students to increase empathy and understanding among them. We continue to teach:
Treat others the way you want to be treated.
It isn't a joke unless everyone is laughing...
We all are different in different ways. everyone is special and has something to offer....
At my next Principal's Coffee, I will share more about this initiative with you!
Thanks PTO and students! We had a great time at Backwards Day today.
Check our new lap desks! Mr. Kuehl is trying them out in his classroom. The girls told me they work great! It looks like a great idea for all!
Our food drive it wrapping up. Thank you for your donations!
Open Circle is the core or Tier 1 social emotional learning program at Wheelock School. Open Circle teaches social and emotional skills that can help children form positive relationships and become successful learners. Once or twice each week during the whole school year, each class will meet in a circle for about 15-30 minutes. Lesson topics will include listening well, including one another, cooperating, understanding feelings, teasing, bullying, recognizing differences among people, getting calm, problem solving, positive self-talk, and more. The goals of the lessons are to create a safe, caring and highly engaging classroom environment and to give children the skills they need to succeed academically, solve interpersonal problems and build positive relationships. these skills are supported throughout the school and formed the foundation for our new behavior matrix and our positive approach to discipline.
Here is some of the vocabulary taught to our students through the Open Circle program:
Ally: A person who speaks up or takes action to help someone.
Body Language: A way to express feelings using your face and body.
Brainstorming: Thinking of many ideas.
Bullying Behavior: When one or more people severely or repeatedly harm someone with words or actions.
Bystander: A person who observes a situation and does not speak up or take action.
Calm Breathing: Breathing in and out deeply and slowly in order to feel calm.
Compliment: Saying something about someone that is true, specific and positive.
Cooperate: To work together to get something done.
Dangerous or Destructive Behaviors (Referred to as a Double D Behavior): Actions that are dangerous (someone might get hurt) or destructive (something might get damaged or broken). When children see dangerous or destructive behavior, they should tell a responsible adult right away.
Nonnegotiable Rules: Rules that cannot be changed.
Nonverbal Signals: A way of communicating without words.
Open Circle Meeting: A time in school for students to learn and practice specific social and emotional skills that will help them form positive relationships and become successful learners.
Positive Leader: A person who does things to help the group and sets a good example.
Positive Self-Talk: Saying encouraging things to yourself.
Problem: A situation that causes someone to feel confused or upset.
Reflection: Pausing and asking yourself questions about an experience.
School Listening Look: A way of listening to others in school by keeping your body calm and looking at the speaker.
Speaking Up: Expressing ideas, feelings, and opinions in a respectful way; looking at the person or group; and speaking slowly, clearly, and loudly enough.
Telling Versus Tattling: Understanding the difference; when it is appropriate to tell because the situation is dangerous, destructive or disrespectful.
Knowing some of the vocabulary can help you at home reinforce this fine program.
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!
Dear Wheelock Families,
It's been another wonderful week at our school. We began our Food Drive extending until November 18th. This drive benefits the Medfield Food Pantry.
The Book Fair Game Night was a success. Many thanks to Jim James of Park Street Books and our PTO. The boys and girls voted and we will have a Backwards Day on November 10th.
We held a fantastic Veterans Day Assembly on November 9th. Many thanks to parent, Mr. Jonathan Gray, for his wonderful presentation. All of the specialists collaborated on this assembly. Mrs. Robertson's video is posted to the school website. Thank you to Mrs. Dion and her class for their participation.
A Principal's Coffee was held yesterday. The topics of PARCC, MCAS and Parent Teacher Conferences were discussed. If you couldn't make it, check out the presentation on the school website.
Following the Principal's Coffee, Mrs. Alberts and Mrs. Johnson presented about the Social Thinking Curriculum. Thank you, ladies.
The Presidential Election
Certainly this election season has has evoked great passion among many Americans. This election also provides a learning opportunity for our children. There is an opportunity for adults to model how to win or lose gracefully and respectfully. I came across this article from Allison Slater Tate who is a correspondent to the Today Show. While we do not plan to discuss the election results beyond concluding the electoral process with your students, if you choose to discuss the election with your own child, and are in need of some talking points for the conversation, this article may be helpful.
Of course, should our teachers hear any comments that require their intervention, they will handle it appropriately and let you know.
Veterans Day is a day of honor for so many. It is important to acknowledge all of the men and women who have served our country.
November 11th has always been a very meaningful day. For many members of the "Great Generation", it is a wedding anniversary. My own parents would have celebrated their 61st anniversary tomorrow.
I hope all of you have a wonderful long weekend. Happy Veterans Day!
Dear Wheelock Families,
It's been a great week at Wheelock! We had so much fun at the Halloween Parade! Thanks for coming and thank you to our Room Parents for a nice celebration for our children!
Our teachers and I are participating in another book club this year. The book Unshakeable by Angela Watson was purchased for all staff. This great book is authentic, puts our profession in perspective and porvides for great conversations. The club meets monthly before school.
I recently submitted a grant to the MCPE designed to expand our literature collections in the classrooms and the library. The title of the grant is Expanding Literature: Diversity, Mindfulness and Empathy. We hope to get picture books on these meaningful topics to foster discussions and greater awareness among our teachers and students.
This afternoon we were excited to host Medfield High School students from Mr. Kevin Murphy's class, as they presented a debate among the two Presidential candidates for our boys and girls. It was fantastic! The students did a great job. Our students will "vote" for President on Tuesday.
PTO Book Fair and Game Night
Speaking of Election Day Tuesday, don't forget to visit our PTO Book Fair and Game Night, courtesy of Park Street Books! I hope to see you there!
Have a wonderful weekend,