Social Emotional Learning
Principal's Corner with Mrs. Montecucco
In the spirit of this month it is our hope that you take a moment to reflect on all that we are grateful for. This month we are excited to meet with all of our families for parent teacher conferences. Your child's teacher will be sharing a sign-up link early next week. All of our fall conferences will be online. Be sure your email is updated and you have returned your this year's student information sheet.
Pictured above, our counselor, Mrs. Winchell, can be seen in one of our 4th grade classrooms assisting with our Panorama Social Emotional fall survey. Panorama's assessment tools help our staff measure and support each students' soft skills like growth mindset, self-efficacy, social awareness, and self-management. At Sunset our students learn about the Zones of Regulation to help individuals recognize their feelings and use tools and strategies to regulate them.
- November 4th - Picture Retake Day
- November 8th - Be sure to check your email for conference sign up information
- November 10th - PTO Meeting, 4pm
- November 11 - No School Veteran's Day
- November 22-23 - No School, Parent - Teacher Conferences
- November 24-26 - No School, Thanksgiving holiday
A MESSAGE FROM OUR COUNSELOR
October is Bully Prevention Month. Throughout the school year, Sunset students participate in lessons and activities that help educate them about bullying prevention. Here are some helpful tips when talking with your children about bullying!
Communication is Essential to Preventing Bullying
In order to know what’s going on with your children, you need to ask. Talk to your children regularly about school so they can understand what bullying is and how your child should respond if they are being bullied or if they know someone else who is.
A good way to begin is by asking the right questions. Rather than asking, “How was your day?” which usually leads to: “good” or “ok,” consider asking questions that encourage a longer conversation. Some examples include:
- What did you do at recess today? Who did you play with?
- What was the best thing that happened today?
- Does anyone in your class seem to be having a hard time?
- Did anyone make you feel good / bad today? How?
Knowing the right time and place to talk is also important. For young children, after school snack or dinnertime offers a chance for meaningful communication and gives children an opportunity to share while they are also focused on eating. As they get older, car rides offer a great opportunity for talking with your child.
What to Do If Your Child Thinks They’re Being Bullied
If your child discloses that they think they are being bullied, make sure they understand that it is NOT their fault. Reassure them that they did the right thing by telling you. Do make sure to talk to your child about the difference between a conflict and bullying. Conflict is a disagreement that happens when people want different things. If what your child starts to explain is sounding more like bullying, below are the questions needing to be asked:
- Has this student been doing this to you over and over again, more than once?
- Is this one-sided? How did you respond?
- Is it un-fair and on purpose?
- Did they stop when you asked them to stop or did it continue?
Once you understand the facts, it is important to communicate with your child’s school. As the school tells your child, if the incident is not reported we cannot help set up plans, monitor the situation, or help. Sometimes, children witness bullying and want to do something about it, but they’re not sure what to do. In our bully prevention lesson, we call this action empowering the bystander. It is important to recognize that how children respond may vary depending on the particular situation, how well they know the people involved, and whether they are older or younger, etc.
Did you know? “When children intervene in a bullying situation, it can have a powerful effect. Research shows that when peers intervene in a bullying situation, the bullying stops nearly 60% of the time.”
Empowering the Bystander
- Use their assertive communication skills. If they feel safe, children can say something like, “Hey, that’s not cool! Why are you doing that?” If children are friends with the instigator, they can talk to them later and ask why they were doing that. Saying something like, “Did you know that you were being hurtful?” can help break the cycle of bullying.
- Walk away from the incident and encourage others who are watching to walk away. If there is no audience for the bullying, the incident is likely to stop. Students can tell others who are watching to stop and encouraging everyone to walk away. If they feel safe, children can help the victim themselves get away.
- Have empathy and show empathy. The impact of bullying won’t last as long if the victim feels they have support from their peers. Encourage your child to talk to the victim of bullying and let them know it wasn’t their fault. Being present and supportive can make a big difference.
- Get help from a trusted adult. If children don’t know what to do, they should talk to a trusted adult. Make sure your child knows they can talk to you about anything, and encourage them to tell a teacher or counselor if they see anything that makes them uncomfortable.
Our first priority at Sunset is to create, ensure, and sustain a safe and positive learning environment. Please partner with us to support your children. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call or email me.
Sam Winchell, M.Ed., NBCT-SC
Sunset School Counselor
Thank you families for helping with drop off by using the sidewalk side on King Street.
Wednesday, Nov. 10th, 4pm
12824 West 12th Avenue
Airway Heights, WA
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SUNSET SUPPORT FOR FAMILIES
FOOD -Need extra snacks for your child(ren) - Connect with Mrs. Winchell, our school counselor.
CLOTHES - Is there something we could help with? Connect with Mrs. Nunez at Sunset.
Attendance Matters! Thank you for sending your children on time.
Drop off 7:30am M-Th, 8:30am Friday