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Welcome to our monthly Department of Social and Emotional Learning Newsletter! We are excited to share resources with you to incorporate our monthly SEL themes into your daily practices.

This month would be a perfect time to form a Social & Emotional Learning Committee for your school!

As part of our monthly themes, we are embracing a district-wide color day on the last Friday of the month where staff and students are encouraged to wear the color of the month.

We encourage school sites to utilize these themes to recognize students who are modeling positive attributes associated with the themes. For example, as part of your student of the month ceremonies.

For a preview of the monthly themes for this year click here.

Social and emotional learning (SEL) is the process through which children and adults acquire and effectively apply the knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary to understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions.*

*“What is Social and Emotional Learning?,” Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning, accessed July 25, 2018,

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This month's theme is SELF AWARENESS. Self-awareness is the key cornerstone to emotional intelligence, according to Daniel Goleman. The ability to monitor our emotions and thoughts from moment to moment is key to understanding ourselves better, being at peace with who we are and proactively managing our thoughts, emotions, and behaviors.

“Being self-aware is not the absence of mistakes, but the ability to learn and correct them.”

-Daniel Chidiac

School-Wide Self-Awareness Activity Ideas

Each student is provided an opportunity to decorate a piece of a whole school mural (a small piece of paper with a quarter of a circle drawn on it, a hand print, an index card, puzzle piece, or create your own school-specific piece to showcase in your mural).

Explain to the students that this piece can be decorated in their own unique way (provide varied supplies to encourage creativity) to represent who they are.

Showcase all pieces incorporated into a school-wide mural with a positive statement such as, "We are each unique and beautiful, but together we are a masterpiece."

Encourage SELFies in front of the mural to share on our Facebook page!

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