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During the month of September, 5th-grade students have been learning about conflict resolution and how to peacefully and effectively deal with problems. This includes identifying "big" (scary, dangerous, someone's getting hurt) vs. "small" problems (not scary, not dangerous, no one's getting hurt). "Big" problems should be reported to an adult right away. "Small" problems should be addressed by trying at least two conflict-resolution strategies to work out the problem with the other person. If the problem cannot be resolved after at least two attempts, then the student should ask an adult for help. Students have also learned about "I" messages (no, not a text on an iPhone). "I" messages are a way to communicate about a problem: I feel (insert a feeling word) when you (describe specifically what the other person has done) and I need you to (how can the other person work with you to solve the problem).
Sixth-grade students have been learning about personal safety using the Second Step Child Protection Unit materials. Click here for more information about the Second Step program. Use activation code to create an account and access parent information. Students have been learning to Recognize unsafe situations, Refuse to participate in unsafe situations, and Report those situations to an adult. They have also learned about unsafe and unwanted touches and how to report those to a trusted adult.
September is also Attendance Awareness Month! Click here to visit the Attendance Works website with information on the importance of regular school attendance, even in early grades.