Social-Emotional Learning News

News on SEL Activities, Events, and Training! #3

Week of October 18th, 2021

Happy Mid-October Folks!

Wow! Our days are feeling a little more like fall, and the slow pace seems to be gone.

I am hoping that everyone is receiving and reading through the information in this newsletter as well as on the Cougar CARES website - cause we are rocking and rolling with SEL in Crosby ISD!

As you may (hopefully) know by now, Social Emotional Learning is beginning to be a focus for our adults and students. One way we are including SEL is through "HEY! Day" Every Wednesday!! Our HEY! Week was SO SUPER SUCCESSFUL that it has been requested by the #1 Cougar that we continue this positive wave. Wear green to support friendliness and kindness and involve your class or campus in a SEL activity during transition time, wait time, lunch time, beginning or the end of the day.

SEL is for EVERYONE!! All of our students from the PreK to Seniors NEED this. ALL of our adults NEED this! It is not "one more thing" it is THE thing that we all need to be ready to learn, to have students make better decisions and to improve overall academics, attendance and behavior.

I hope everyone has heard about and visited the Cougar CARES website by now! If not, please check it out and find out what Social-Emotional Learning is all about, how you can use mindfulness to reduce stress and anxiety, and learn what RDP is! It is loaded with important information to help you implement our SEL focus this year - 3 SEL Signature Practices!

Take Care and Read on!


HEY! Week Has Turned Into HEY! Day!! EVERY WEDNESDAY!!


We are going to keep up this positive wave by having HEY! Day every Wednesday! To keep us unified and create that amazing energy, we will have a District-wide focus each Wednesday with some options for your campus and classroom. We will continue to WEAR GREEN on Wednesdays to promote friendliness unless noted otherwise, such as for Unity Day we will wear Orange.

Wednesdays in October will focus on these themes:

October 13th - Kindness

October 20th - Unity Day - Today We Wear Orange!!

There are so many great ideas of how to promote Unity Day at your campus or in your classroom HERE.

I really like the Unity Tree, Sidewalk Chalk Messages, and making an Interactive Unity Banner. Of course - Wear Orange!!

HEY! Makers are going to be creating the "No Place for Hate" mural in the photo below for Unity Day by collecting feathers from students at CHS!!

Here is a quick video about Unity Day!

Use #UnityDay2021 #CougarUnity #HEYDay

October 27th - Red Ribbon Week!!

HEY! will support the Red Ribbon activities that the campuses and District has planned. Our HEY! Makers will go to the next level of enthusiasm with their participation as well. HEY! Day Wednesday is Cowboy Up day!! Cowboys can wear green ;)

Here are some additional resources to share with your class or campus about Red Ribbon Week:

Red Ribbon website:

Video on the Start of Red Ribbon Week

For your social media photos - tag @Crosby ISD and use the hashtags #heyday

Or you can also send photos over to either Ms. Richard or Mr. Birkinbine via email.

Great Song and Video for Unity Day!!

Michael Jackson - Cry (Official Video)

Unity Week - No Place for Hate Mural Project with the HEY! Makers!

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HEY! It's Red Ribbon Week!! October 25th - 29th!!

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Tweet About Red Ribbon Week!!

Add #HEY! #HEYDay @CrosbyISD to your tweets or other social media posts!

It’s Red Ribbon Week® and I am taking a stand against drugs
Join me. Take the pledge:
Today, I’m honoring Kiki Camarena, a DEA agent who died while fighting substance abuse
Join me in celebrating Red Ribbon Week® 2021
Take the pledge: pledge
Join me in celebrating Red Ribbon Week®
Our children have the right to grow up drug free – and we have the responsibility to make that happen
Take the pledge:

Congratulations to Our Administrators, Counselors, PASS Teachers, ISS Teachers, Behavior Specialist and Support Staff for Earning their Certificate in Restorative Discipline Practices for Community Building Circles!!

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3 SEL Signature Practices - #1 Inclusive Welcome

"Lunch and Learn" format may not work for you - that's ok! I recorded it for you! Take some time to listen to what SEL is, why it is important, and how to embed it in your daily routine and teaching practices. You may be doing some of these - which is great! We can all do more!

Here is the 3 SEL Signature Practices Playbook for Inclusive Welcomes AND a Padlet with great ideas to use! Please add in your own ideas and share with everyone what works for you!

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Project RESTORE Trauma Informed Instruction

This "Lunch and Learn" was about the overview of the Project RESTORE training modules from TEA that help you know more about identifying and instructing students who have experienced trauma or chronic stress, which can benefit us all!

Check out the overview and the online modules at

"Instant Relief From Anxiety & Stress" Peaceful Meditation Music, Deep Relaxing & Healing Music

Reduce Stress and Be More Present - That's What Mindfulness is All About!

Check out the Mindfulness strategies and practices on the Cougar CARES website. Each month I will highlight 3 different types of activities geared to helping calm your brain and reduce stress. These are great for your students as well!

Laura Ríchard

Have questions? Need help using the Inclusive Welcome? Want to know more about Trauma or Mindfulness, or anything SEL related??

Please let me know and be sure and check the Cougar CARES website! It is updated at least weekly!