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!