Its hard to believe we have been in school for 3 weeks! Students have learned our school and classroom expectations, and routines are in full swing. Do you have routines and a schedule at home? Routines play an important role in your child's development. Check out these 7 benefits of routines, and for more information click here!
Seven Benefits of Using Routines with Your Kids
It may seem hard to believe, but summer is already coming to a close and it's time to get back into the school routine! With the first day right around the corner, here are 6 tips to help you and your kids get the year off to great start.
Tips are from or adapted from The Official Spark Blog. For these tips or more visit http://www.sparkpe.org/blog/8-essential-back-to-school-tips-for-parents/
This year we are pleased to bring back the Child Assault Prevention (CAP) Program at Wright Elementary, facilitated by Blank Children's Hospital. The program will be presented to our kindergarten, second, and fourth grade classes.
The CAP Program works to prevent assault and violation of rights for children. The program approach includes classroom workshops for children, adult education for parents, and school staff education. The student workshops are taught in a 90 minute class and cover empowerment skills such as self-assertiveness, peer support, and identifying trusted adults. Interactive role plays demonstrate problem-solving for unsafe situations such as bullying (peer to peer assault), abduction (assault by a stranger), and sexual abuse (assault by a known person). The program approaches prevention in a developmentally appropriate fashion, from a perspective of human dignity, mutual respect, and basic human rights. Everyone has the right to be safe, strong, and free!
Adult workshops cover the prevention and empowerment strategies given in the children's workshop and offer suggestions for effective ways to support those strategies at home, school, and in the community.
For more information about this empowering personal safety program, please visit https://www.unitypoint.org/blankchildrens/child-personal-safety.aspx
Student workshops will be the week of April 18-22nd, in Kindergarten, 2nd, and 4th grade classes.
*Note: Information about this program and an opt-out form was sent to parents the second week of April. If you have any questions or concerns please contact me.
This week during classroom guidance our fifth graders are hearing from a guest speaker about Project Safe Place and Youth Emergency Shelter and Services (YESS).
You have probably seen the signs for Safe Places around town - at various gas stations, fire stations, etc. This is an important resource for students to know, in case they are ever in an unsafe situation or need somewhere to turn for help. The employees at Safe Place locations have a protocol in place to assess and provide the proper help to youth in need. In Iowa, Project Safe Place is coordinated by Youth Emergency Shelter and Services (YESS), a vital community resource that provides emergency services to youth and their families.
For information on Project Safe Place, please visit:
For information on Youth Emergency Shelter and Services, please visit:
When talking about anger, remind that it is OK to be angry but we need to deal with it in a healthy way- not by hurting ourselves, hurting others, or hurting/destroying property. There are several healthy ways to deal with anger. Everyone is unique, you have to find what works for YOU. Here are some ideas:
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Here you will find information related to the units we are working on in class, as well as ideas and resources for your student and family. Look around and come back often!