February 7, 2019
Dear Meadow Pond Families,
I’m writing to make you aware of and invite your partnership in our ongoing work in the areas of Character Education and Social and Emotional Learning.
At Meadow Pond, we work daily to help our students make good decisions and handle a variety of social situations. Our mental health professionals, including our School Psychologist and School Social Worker, teach lessons that help students understand and embrace differences. These lessons include videos, discussions, scenarios and role-playing designed to help students develop empathy. As part of these lessons, our mental health professionals meet with students in small groups and classroom groups to share these ideas and practices. Our classroom teachers and other staff members support these lessons with continued class conversations.
When our students occasionally make poor decisions or use words that are inappropriate, we use individual, small group and classroom conversations as opportunities for learning. We use both the building-level “Be Your Best” Code of Conduct and the District Code of Conduct as we try to engender an empathetic understanding for others. We ask our students to treat others with dignity at all times.
Additionally, we work with our School Team, including our School Psychologist, School Social Worker, School Nurse, Assistant Principal and Principal as well as our PTA, to support special activities and/or presentations. At a recent Town Meeting, our Fifth Grade Student Ambassadors shared the word “Empathy” and what it means to us. We also shared a beautiful song and visual display about how we can change the world together through understanding, kindness and acceptance. These activities are arranged to support our Character Education Themes and Social Emotional Learning as well as our School Motto: “Be Kind, Be Responsible, Be Respectful and Be Safe.”
We hope that you will expand our efforts by having conversations at home with your children around important topics such as using appropriate language, being kind, being respectful, being responsible, and being safe. You may want to ask your children about a recent discussion they had with their class about a video they saw on Meadow Pond Live. The scenario depicted was one in which students made a choice to be kind after a challenging incident in a cafeteria at a school.
We thank you for partnering with us as we work to support our children in the journey to becoming responsible and compassionate adults.
If you have any questions, please reach out to me or any member of our School Team referenced above.