Monday Updates: Social Emotional Learning
14 November 2022

Monday Updates: Social Emotional Learning

Dear Wellington Families,

We hope that you had a wonderful long weekend.  The extra day allowed my family to do some exploring in New England and then return home to make doughnuts together.  They were delicious, though I am not sure if they are as good as those in the stores. Plus, there was quite a mess to clean-up when we finished cooking them. 

We are writing to share some information with you.

Social - Emotional Learning 

Attached to this email is the Belmont Guide to Social-Emotional Learning. It is being shared across the district.  Social-emotional learning is a central part of our day-to-day lives in school and takes a plethora of forms throughout each week.  In addition to our core curriculum, Second Step, teachers address social skills throughout the day through modelling appropriate behavior, helping students to solve conflicts, and directly teaching social skills.

Over the past two years we have spent time thinking together about our new values and what they mean for our social interactions with each other. We believe that we all need to care for and learn about each other and individuals demonstrate caring and curiosity in different ways. It is important that we set high expectations for mutual respect without forcing dominant notions of caring and curiosity on those who have traditionally been marginalized in our schools. Our staff will continue to reflect on our values, instruction, and social-emotional systems of support over the next year as we spend time working and learning together.

As you know, in addition to adopting new values, we have also embraced our new mascot, Roger E. (Whaley) Whalington. Thanks to the PTO, we have a large new adorable Whaley who will spend the next six months travelling around our school. Whaley will be accompanied by a journal in which students and teachers will chronicle its adventures at Wellington.  I am excited to read all about what Whaley learns at our school.

Spirit Day

We have a school spirit day coming up at the end of the week.  This Friday, November 18th, is Dress As a Job You Would Like to Have in the Future Day.  We can't wait to see our students' outfits.

Book Fair

As you know, this week is our Book Fair.  We are grateful for our PTO for all of their preparation and hard work. If you or your child is interested in purchasing a book at the fair and  you can't afford the cost, don't hesitate to reach out to our school counselors or to an administrator.  We don't want any child to go without a book.

Upcoming Dates

  • November 18 - School Spirit Day
  • November 23 - 11:40 Dismissal
  • November 24 and 25 - No School

As always, please be in touch with any questions or concerns. We wish you a wonderful week ahead. Have a great day!

Warmly, 

Heidi and Molly 

Attachments

  1. BPS-Family-Guide-SEL.pdf 11/17/2022 1:07:14 PM