What We've Done
April-June 2018 Mrs. Bielik, the District Social Worker, is piloting a girls group for some 5th Grade students. There is 1 girl from each class enrolled. Girl Power! is an evidence based curriculum developed in California to support girls by promoting positive self-esteem, positive self image, handling peer pressure, planning for the future and becoming good role models/leaders.
In January 2017, Cassie Yackley, PsyD. came and presented Trauma Informed Care to all staff and faculty.
We are piloting our first Social/Emotional Curriculum with our Pre K and Kindergarten classes in November 2017. Each classroom is provided with Lion's Quest curriculum based on their grade level. The curriculum was purchased from The Lion's Club International Foundation. This social/emotional curriculum includes emotion identification, self-awareness and personal behavioral control.
We are piloting a "self-regulation box" to be implemented in each of the first grade classrooms to improve students' ability to control their own bodies when they are feeling overwhelmed or stressed by using a zone system.
Each student is able to learn about the zones they experience throughout the day and ways to manage their feelings in each zone. With the help of school counselors and teachers, students are learning self-regulation and emotional identification.
Two Trees of Thankfulness were painted in the hallway of PES. Grades Pre-K through 2 were read the book Happy Thanksgiving Biscuit by Alyssa Satin Capucilli and grades 3-5 were read Thanksgiving is For Giving Thanks by Margaret Sutherland. Each student was encouraged to think about what they are thankful for, just as the characters in the book identified things for which they were thankful. This community building activity allowed students and staff to learn about each other and promote gratefulness.
Tree of Thankfulness
The Great Kindness Challenge occurred January 22-26, 2018.
Lynn Lyons, LICSW, from Concord, NH came to speak at PHS (for the district) on February 6 to speak to staff, families and the community. The presentation was called "The Gift of Anxiety and Depression Prevention: Skills We Can (and Should!) Be Teaching Our Children." Untreated anxiety in a child is one of the top predictors of depression in young adults. For those that work with anxious families, this comes as no surprise. In this presentation, Lynn focuses on how interrupt the most common anxiety and depression enhancing patterns–including reassurance, accommodation, avoidance, and three cognitive habits—and adopt instead a process-based “umbrella approach” that changes both the child and adults’ ingrained patterns of thinking and behaving.