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Warwick School District Elementary Division

A note from Mrs. Shertzer, Mrs. Hartzler, Mrs. Heckman and Mrs. Mathin . . .

Hello Warwick School District Elementary Students and Families!


We really miss seeing your smiles, hearing your giggles and watching you build your brains! We know you are doing lots of things to stay healthy, active, and learning. This newsletter is a way to stay in touch and give you ideas of things your can do to keep practicing our monthly themes and continue to build your social emotional learning skills.


Check back often for messages and ideas!

Social Emotional Learning Resources

Social-Emotional Learning: What Is SEL and Why SEL Matters

Academic Resources

Career Readiness Resources

CCSpark and Career Cruising

Stay tuned for online access information for district career exploration resources!

Ideas for Kids to Keep Moving!

Warwick School District Monthly Themes

April: Linking School to the Future

A person who practices productive work habits and skills in school will be prepared for the future.


  • Students identify how school habits are connected to one's future.
  • Students learn the characteristics of a good employee (punctual, dependable, reliable, hardworking, honest, responsible, conscientious, team player)
  • Students will learn the importance of setting and achieving goals.
  • Students will explore careers and develop career awareness.
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March: Emotion Management



A person who manages his/her emotions recognizes how he/she is feeling and expresses those feelings in a safe and respect way.


  • Students work on naming their feelings
  • Students work on identifying comfortable vs. uncomfortable feelings
  • Students start recognizing when their feelings get too big (strong emotions)
  • Students learn the difference between their "feelings" brain and their "thinking" brain when it comes to handling strong feelings.
  • Students learn the importance of calming down first and then trying to solve their problem.
  • Students learn when to get help if the problem or the feelings are too big.
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The Feelings Song

February: Compassion and Friendship



A compassionate person demonstrates kindness and courtesy to others.


  • Students show kindness to everyone
  • Students learn to recognizing others’ feelings (EMPATHY)
  • Students learn to say or do something kind and helpful for others (COMPASSION)
  • Students learn that empathy and compassion are important for friendship
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The Starfish Thrower - An Inspirational Short Film
Ripple Effect with Voice

January: Self-Discipline



A person shows self-discipline when he/she is able to be in control of his/her words, body, and actions to make positive choices.


  • Students know what is expected, do their jobs and use time wisely
  • Students listen and follow direction at home and school
  • Students work to ignore distractions around them
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December: Giving with Gratitude

A giving person thinks of others’ needs. They give of their time, talents, or gifts of kindness. They are also appreciative and thankful for the things they are given.
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November: Problem Solving/Conflict Resolution



A successful problem solver, uses respectful and responsible words and actions when having difficulty with someone else.



  • Students learn to keep their strong emotions in check
  • Students learn the importance of listening to others' perspectives
  • Students learn steps to solve problems
  • Students work toward WIN-WIN solutions
  • Students differentiate between conflict and bullying.
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Dr Seuss' The Zax

October: Responsible Citizenship



Responsible citizens treat everyone and everything with respect, including other's business, property and personal space.



  • Students learn that they are important members of several communities: their classroom, their grade, their school, their neighborhood, and Lititz.
  • Students learn what it looks like to be a responsible citizen.
  • Students learn to define what respect looks like versus what it doesn’t look like.
  • Students learn the school wide bully prevention rules.
  • Students practice what to do if they see or hear mean, bullying behavior.
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STEPUP! Bully Prevention Video Excerpts

September: Ready to Learn



A person who is ready to learn is attentive to adults and shows respectful and responsible behavior.



  • Students learn the importance of whole body listening.
  • Students learn to focus first and then listen for directions.
  • Students learn key language like body basics and line basics within the school setting.
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Warwick School District

Colleen Heckman - John Beck Elementary School checkman@warwicksd.org

Jennifer Hartzler - John R. Bonfield Elementary School jhartzler@warwicksd.org

Britnee Mathin - Kissel Hill Elementary School bmathin@warwicksd.org

Andrea Shertzer - Lititz Elementary School ashertzer@warwicksd.org