Our vision is to inspire all to reach their individual potential, become socially responsible citizens and to develop a love of learning.
Connecting- positive relationships foster connections, a sense of belonging and inclusiveness
Empowering- opportunities inspire and engage students to be responsible learners with a passion to empower themselves and others
Learning- a learning environment that is flexible and purposeful allows students to achieve success
Thinking- creative and critical thinking leads to new understanding
Our January Virtue was Tolerance. For the primary students we used the word Acceptance. At each assembly we reviewed and discussed what Tolerance/Acceptance looks like and sounds like. We had conversations in our classrooms and with small groups too. Here is a link to Mr. Stanley's song about Tolerance. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QS-rJcm7jyQ. Our intermediate students all wrote a little note indicating ways they could show acceptance and make our school an even better place. We read a few of these statements out each morning during announcements.
Our virtue for February is Kindness, the perfect one for a month where we will celebrate Valentine's Day and Pink Shirt Day. We plan to really show that our school has heart. Watch for little hearts that will start to decorate our walls. As we add in new virtues we do continue to review the ones we have already focused on. To date they are Respect, Responsibility, Thankfulness, Service, Generosity and Tolerance.
At our school we are focusing on Mindfulness. This means being aware of what you are doing and what is going on around you. It also means accepting responsibility for your own actions and working hard to learn new techniques. Our classes work on activities from the Mind Up Curriculum Series and each morning, at the end of announcements, we have a Mindful Moment. These skills help all students and adults too, to learn to calm their thoughts and actions and get ready for learning. We have just started to add in calming music right after lunch. It will be a short piece of music that will help signal to all of us that we are back in class, ready to learn.
There is a lot going on in February. Please check our calendar for regular updates.
As always my door is always open if you have questions or concerns or just want to chat.