I hope that everyone is staying safe and healthy!
It has been wonderful to welcome more students into the building! They have been teaching us all a great deal about patience, flexibility, and resilience, and I am incredibly proud of them.
I have been continuing my virtual lessons using the Second Step program. In our K - 5 classes, we have been learning about kindness, managing big emotions, and making mistakes. In grades 6 - 8, we have been focusing on conflict resolution, helpful vs. unhelpful stress management techniques, and positive vs. negative self-talk. We have continued learning about how our decision-making can be impacted by emotions, and what we can do to recognize the signals our bodies give us when we begin to feel overwhelmed.
We are working to bring some exciting virtual presentations to all of our students! We will again be partnering with Pass It Along to bring their Discover Your Passion and Purpose program to our 8th grade students. We are also in the process of scheduling virtual social-emotional programs for all of our students in the coming months!
Please remember that I am here to support the students however I can. I am available to meet via zoom if a student needs help or just wants to talk! Don't hesitate to reach out if I can support you in any way.
Please continue to read below for some information that I hope you will find useful! My website is updated regularly as well. You will find my virtual office there, which is updated with links to resources and lessons.
International SEL Day
The second annual International SEL Day is March 26, 2021! SEL Day is an opportunity to collectively spread the word about the importance and impact of social emotional learning. Working together, we can raise awareness for SEL, bring on new SEL stakeholders, create artifacts that demonstrate SEL in action, share SEL best practices… and more!
Social-emotional learning (SEL), as defined by CASEL (Collaborative for Social-Emotional Learning) includes five key areas of competence: self-awareness, self-management, responsible decision-making, relationship skills, and social awareness. While many people recognize the importance of these skills in everyday life, research indicates that participation in an SEL program at school improves academic performance by an average of 11 percentage points, decreases the likelihood of behavior issues and anxiety, and increases a student’s ability to manage stress and depression. SEL programs also have been shown to improve social relationships, feelings towards school, and positive attitudes (https://casel.org/impact/).
This year, we are extremely lucky to be able to offer a lesson focused on social-emotional learning to each student almost every week. Whether it is the kindergarten students learning how to recognize big emotions in themselves and others, the 4th grade students focusing on empathy and perspective-taking, or the middle school students learning about goal-setting and stress management, these are lessons and skills that they will hopefully take with them well beyond their Green Hills career.
Discover Your Passion and Purpose
Children's System of Care Offers Support for Families
"Kids, teens and young adults are coping with a lot, from uncertainty associated with the COVID-19 pandemic to the social impact of civil unrest and protests. On top of the general challenges that come with growing up, many young people are feeling heightened senses of anxiety, depression and loneliness. For some, this can lead to extreme behavioral changes – like acting out, substance use or running away from home.
DCF's Children's System of Care (CSOC), formerly the Division of Child Behavioral Health Services, serves children and adolescents with emotional and behavioral health care challenges and their families; children with developmental and intellectual disabilities and their families; and, children with substance use challenges and their families. CSOC is committed to providing services based on the needs of the child and family in a family-centered, community-based environment.
The Children's System of Care offers a wide range of services for children up to age 21 for behavioral health or developmental disability needs. These services include community-based services, in-home services, out-of-home residential services, and family support services. For questions about or to access behavioral health or developmental disability services for children and youth, call the 24-hour, toll-free Access Line at: 1-877-652-7624."
Helping Kids Make Decisions
44 Books About Mental Health for Young People
What Can You Control?
Signs of Depression During COVID
Dealing with Big Feelings
Grades 6 - 8 will begin the year by focusing on mindsets & goals. We will learn more about developing a growth-mindset, building empathy, creating action plans, and goal-setting!
Grades K - 5 will begin with a focus on respect, assertiveness, empathy, and positive self-talk!