Last month my intern, Miss Maines, and I covered Bullying Prevention with every class. We reminded students that bullying is an unkind act that is repeated and the target of the aggression (either physical, social or emotional) is unable to make it stop. We encouraged all students to use their words when someone does something they don’t like. If it continues, they can walk away. If that doesn’t work, find the nearest adult and report it. This “Stop, Walk, Talk” technique empowers students especially when it is a conflict instead of on-going bullying. In addition, we reminded those who might see or know about bullying to help the student by being a friend to him/her, reporting the bullying, and making sure all students feel safe and welcome.
After talking with several students, I have come to the conclusion that our students know quite a bit about making healthy choices. Our current lunch company is providing new and healthy lunch and breakfast options, which has been well received by the students. Our PE teacher, Mrs. Bornino includes discussions on staying healthy every week in her lessons. Currently your students are learning about how the fun activity of jumping rope can help keep your heart healthy. Right before Fall Break we will celebrate our choice to stay away from drugs, alcohol and tobacco with Red Ribbon activities. Keep an eye on their take home folders for help in talking with your children about substance abuse.
Our kindergarten, first, and second grade students will be attending the Fire Safety show this month at Jefferson High School. They will learn the basics about staying safe when it comes to fire. One thing you can do is practice a fire escape plan in case your family ever has a fire. For more information, you can visit: https://www.ready.gov/kids/make-a-plan
Because there are so many other topics that fall under safe and healthy choices, this article could go on for days. Instead I have found a site that might help you talk with your children about these important subjects. https://kids.usa.gov/health-and-safety/safety/index.shtml
Have a safe and healthy October!