Hillside Elementary: February and March
Dear Hillside Families,
During February and March, our ongoing school-wide theme has been friendship skills. In our Second Step lessons, students have been learning friendship skills, which include inviting others to play, playing in fair ways, taking responsibility for mistakes (by making amends), and handling name-calling assertively. These skills help students make and keep friends. During the students' February counseling lessons, Mrs. Snyder has been meeting with students to enhance our Second Step friendship unit. Her lessons include teaching students steps to make friends and maintain friendships, as well as the characteristics of a good friendship. Characteristics of a good friendship include kindness, honesty, respect, and inclusion. Our children have been learning how speaking positively and kindly to others, peaceful resolution of conflicts, and having empathy lead to a shared friendship that is reciprocal in nature. If you notice your child using friendship skills, please give them praise and reinforcement.
This past month we celebrated Kindness week during February 10th-14th. Thank you to parents, students, and staff for participating in this special week! Our school was filled with smiles, laughter, and "buckets were filled." A special thank you goes out to Student Council and Safety Patrol for their help in organizing daily morning announcements, teamwork activities, and kind notes to teachers and staff, as well as for giving out many compliments to all. Safety Patrol announced that our Hillside school community had a total of 1,606 total kind acts for the week. Additionally, they were thrilled to announce that the grade with the most kind acts was 4th grade! This week-long special event fostered an environment that values the importance of being kind all year round! Way to go, Hillside!
Thank you, as always, for your continued support!
Dr. Bloom, School Psychologist
Mr. Forcinito, School Psychologist
Mrs. Snyder, School Counselor
Additional Key Concepts
Additional Key Words
When you see other kids being left out of play, it is important to notice and have empathy for them.
Inviting others to play is a caring thing to do.
Playing with others is a way to get to know them.
Sharing, trading, and taking turns are fair and fun ways to play.
Taking responsibility means admitting what you did, apologizing, and offering to make amends.
Additional Key Concepts
We can resolve friendship conflicts better when we can calm down and use the Second Step Problem-Solving Steps.
We can choose to have fun with others rather than only getting our own way.
Getting along with others helps us be better learners at school and more successful at home and later in life.
Why Friendship Skills Matter:
All Kinds of Friends, by Norma Simon
Making Friends Is an Art, by Julia Cook
Friendshape, by Amy Krouse Rosenthal
The Many Colors of Friendship, by Rita Kaye Vetsch
Rulers of the Playground, by Joseph Kuefler
Enemy Pie, by Derek Munson
How to Grow a Friend, by Sara Gillingham
Big Friends, by Linda Sarah
The Jelly Donut Difference, by Maria DismondyBe Kind, by Pat Zietlow Miller