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Week of March 29, 2016
I can't believe we are already into our final grading period together! Can you? Thanks for all you have done throughout our year to make Central such an amazing place. I continue to feel so blessed to work with you all and appreciate what you do each and every day for our kids. I'm looking forward to all the events and excitement of our final grading period of the 2015-16 school year!
Grade Posting for Families
Meetings for Me
Wednesday & Friday: Administration Building throughout both days. The elementary principals will be meeting to go over our PLTW positions. I don't know how much time I will be out during these days, but again, please feel free to contact me if you need anything.
Collaboration Wednesday at 8:00 a.m. in the Lounge
Thought for the Week: The Buddy Bench
Buddy Bench a Big Hit at Saskatoon's Willowgrove School
(see link with video below)
When you don't have anyone to play with, you go to the buddy bench at Willowgrove School. The rules surrounding the green bench, located next to the school's playground, are pretty simple. Within a few minutes, any student sitting on the bench will be approached by a fellow student and asked to play.
"If you can't find your best friends, and you don't know where to go play, you sit on the buddy bench, and somebody will come and find you," said seven-year-old student Matthew Henkelman.
Reasons to Use a Buddy Bench
The Connecting for Kids Beyond the Bench Training Program was designed by child psychologist, Dr. Meghan Barlow, and focuses on six reasons kids may use the Buddy Bench:
• If you are new to school
• If you want to make new friends
• If your friends aren’t here today
• If you want to play something different than what your friends are playing
• If you’re having a problem with your friends and you just can’t solve it right now/you want to take a break
• If you want to be a buddy
The purpose in exploring the different reasons a classmate would use the bench is to encourage empathy and compassion for peers and to help avoid having the bench looked at as “a place for children who can’t make friends.” By enforcing the fact that anyone – no matter how popular they are – could need a buddy at anytime, the Buddy Bench becomes the welcoming place it was designed to be.