SEL-ebrate Responsible Decisions

February 22- February 26

SELebration Week 2021

The pandemic has brought to light the importance of prioritizing the teaching of social emotional learning (SEL) skills to students in all the Roselle Park Public Schools. Last spring, staff members with a particular interest in SEL formed a committee to address this need. The committee is proud to announce their first major project, SELebration Week 2021. During SELebration Week which will begin February 22nd, students will engage in lessons and activities centered around responsible decision making. At the elementary level, the SELebration will be called SEL-ebrate Kindness/Good Decisions week and at the Middle School and High Schools, SEL-ebrate Responsible Decisions Week. We have included the list of planned events below. The committee encourages you to review this newsletter to learn more about social emotional learning with particular emphasis on responsible decision making. We hope you will join us on Wednesday, 2/24 at 7pm via Zoom as we welcome Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Connie Palmer as she presents "Helping Our Kids Make Good Decisions."

What is Responsible Decision Making?

Responsible Decision Making

Landmark Schools Responsible Decision Making Definition

Responsible decision making is defined by the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) as โ€œthe ability to make constructive choices about personal behavior and social interactions based on ethical standards, safety concerns, and social norms.โ€ Essentially, all aspects of a potential decision and its consequences must be considered before a choice is made. To make the most appropriate behavioral choices, students need to learn how to evaluate the situation, analyze their options, and consider the potential consequences of each of those options for themselves and others.

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Parent Program: Helping Our Kids Make Good Decisions

Wednesday, Feb. 24th, 7pm

This is an online event.

Zoom Link will be sent via e-mail the Monday before the event.

Parents who attend this virtual workshop will consider how they can help their children become

responsible decision makers. You will learn:

  • the five steps of decision recommended by the CASEL, a leader is social, emotional learning
  • how to help your children learn from their mistakes
  • how to model responsible decision making
  • the difference between a decision and a reaction

How to Reinforce Responsible Decision Making at Home

Share your own decision making process.

In a recent SEL meeting, a committee member shared the best decision she ever made, to go back to school to become a teacher at 50! Your stories and experiences have a lasting impact on your children. If you deem it appropriate, share some of the major decisions you have made in your life and the process you went through to make them.

Create a digital vision board.

Think of the GOLDEN RULE : treat someone how you would like to be treated.

This can be drawn on a piece of paper or Created digitally using a table with 4 boxes.

In each box write the following:

How do I want to be treated?

How do my family members want to be treated?

How do my friends want to be treated?

How do people in my community want to be treated? (ie. teachers, custodians, store clerks)

Using images and/or words fill in each box with how you think, you and each group of people in your life would like to be treated on a daily basis.

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Create a Maze or Choice Labyrinth

Many people use small labyrinth drawings to trace the path with their finger. This can have a relaxing and centering effect, and is one way to practice mindfulness.

Take some time while thinking about a decision that you need to make a try to recreate this Labyrinth on a piece of paper, Outside with sidewalk chalk art or in some clay (playdough or model magic or homemade clay- recipe above).

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SELebration Week Events

Spirit Week Dress Up Days

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Classroom Lessons

From art projects to PE & History lessons, students throughout the Roselle Park School District will examine ways to make responsible decisions by examining their personal decisions as well as the decisions that have shaped our history.

Friend Request Assembly (Grades 4-8)

A series of fun, but serious vignettes, Friend Request explores the good and bad parts of social media and online culture. Technology can be great, but it also comes with some serious temptations and pitfalls. This Bully Prevention show gives your audience practical ways to address issues like cyberbullying, online safety, and understanding the difference between online friends and friends in real life. Help your audiences understand the danger and know how to practice healthy behavior online.

Teachers of students in grades 4-8 will share the prerecorded assembly during SELebration Week and will engage students in a discussion afterward.

Elementary Read Aloud with Superintendent Garrido

To kickoff SELebrate Kindness and Good Choices Week at the Elementary School level, Superintendent Garrido will be reading "Be Kind" by Pat Zietlow Miller to students. We encourage you to discuss this story with your children during SELebration Week.
๐Ÿ’žBE KIND by Pat Zietlow Miller and Jen Hill - Children's Books Read Aloud by PV Storytime