As you know, your child’s teacher uses the Second Step Social Emotional Learning (SEL) program in their classroom. The Second Step program teaches children important skills for getting along with others and doing well in school. It also helps our school be a safe, respectful place where everyone can learn. To further help our school be a safe and respectful place, we are also going to teach the Second Step Bullying Prevention Unit in October and November.
Students will learn how to:
• Recognize when bullying is happening
• Report bullying to a caring adult and Refuse to let bullying happen to themselves or others
• Be a bystander who stands up and is part of the solution to bullying
• Show kindness to everyone
In addition, each lesson comes with a “Home Link”, which are simple, fun activities that will help you understand what your child is learning about bullying at school. They also give your child another chance to practice skills for handling bullying. Click below to access your child’s grade level home links:
And we need your help, too! Get involved in making our school a safe and respectful place by letting us know if you hear about bullying at our school. Make sure your child knows to tell you or someone at school if he or she is being bullied. Help your child understand the difference between mean/rude behavior, conflict, and bullying. Additionally, give your child the clear message that it is never okay to bully others.
If you have any questions about the Bullying Prevention Unit or the Second Step program, please contact us. Also, check out our district website for more information about our anti-bullying policy and specific procedures. Thank you for helping us make our school a safe, respectful place where everyone can learn.
Kailey is a Counselor at Newcastle Elementary School