May has arrived and Mother's Day is fast approaching. Acknowledging Mother's Day celebrates some very important people in our children’s lives.
These events can often teach our children about empathy. Some say empathy is at least as important as academic success. A group of empathetic children will be more successful than a group of the happiest self-serving children.
Empathy is about knowing how to value, respect, and understand other people's views, even if we don't agree with them. Empathy, like other emotions, requires repetition to become second nature. To that end, there are ways to developing empathy in our children:
1. Empathize with your child and model how to feel compassion for others.
- Children who feel valued are more likely to value others and demonstrate respect for their needs. When we treat people like they matter, kids notice.
2. Make caring for others a priority and set ethical expectations.
- Rather than say, “The most important thing is that you are happy,” say, “The most important thing is that you are kind and happy.”
3. Practice empathy.
– if another child is unpopular or having social problems, talk with your child about how how that person feels and ask them how they can help.
4. Expand your child's circle of concern.
- It is easier to empathize with friends or family and much more difficult to do it with others outside of that circle.
5. Help children develop self-control and manage feelings effectively.
- Sometimes when we feel empathy, societal pressures and prejudices can block our ability to express our concern. Children notice when we model calm, conflict resolution and anger management and express our concern for others.
Life is more harmonious when children are able to feel for each other and put the needs of others ahead of immediate, individual happiness. Caring children make for a more peaceful and cooperative learning and family environment. Just imagine what we could accomplish in a world populated by such children!
SCOOTERS AND BICYCLES
With the nicer weather, children are starting to ride their scooters and bicycles to school. In order to have a safe and orderly school environment with our growing population, we ask that students follow these expectations:
Helmets are mandatory when riding on school grounds.
Students not following expectations with scooters or bicycles may have them confiscated and may not be permitted to have them at school. Please review these expectations with your child.
BRINGING ITEMS FROM HOME
Please be aware that we do try and assist students who have items stolen or lost at the school. However, we also want parents to be aware that toys, playing cards (ie Pokemon cards, etc), devices, scooters, bicycles or other items from home are brought to school at your own risk. The school is not responsible for lost or stolen items of this nature. If items of this nature are causing playground issues or become a distraction to learning or are not used appropriately, they may be confiscated.
It is recommended that students do not bring expensive items to school or items they can not do without or will cause significant stress if broken or lost. It is also recommended that you mark every item (including clothing such as boots, jackets, shoes, etc) with a name in a place easily found.
PARENT REQUESTS FOR 2017-2018
We are starting to think about student placement for next year. Our school is growing and we will be adding two more classrooms to the mix. At Juniper we recognized and value that parents often have information about their children that we may not.
If you feel you have information about your child you would like to share with us that we might not be aware of, please feel free to come to the office and pick up a request form.
All requests must be in writing using the request form and submitted to the office no later than May 30, 2017.
Before you decide to make a request, please be aware that we:
If there is information that you believe the school is not aware of when placing your child, please make sure you reference and are familiar with our placement procedures. You can find it on our website: http://juniper-ridge.sd73.bc.ca/
JUNIPER ELEMENTARY ROARS!
At Juniper Elementary we follow our new ROARS matrix. ROARS stands for:
This month we are going to be working on being RESPECTFUL! In particular we will be working with students on how to be respectful to property, others and themselves at school. Some specific areas we will be working on will be how to solve relationship challenges and communicate without using physical aggression. The staff is on the look out for students who are displaying our ROARS motto.
We will also be working on WITS strategies to deal with peer conflicts:
W = Walk away
I = Ignore
T = Talk to the person
S = Seek help (an adult)
If you could review all of these expectations with your children at home it would help us maintain a positive school culture at Juniper. Copies of the new ROARS Motto have been posted.
The School District has also revised the CODE OF CONDUCT. Copies of the CODE OF CONDUCT are on the school website as well as posted around the school.
Intermediate Talent Show
There will be a talent show for intermediate students (grades 4 to 7), on Friday May 12th, at 1:00 pm. Any students who are interested in performing are asked to see Mrs. Powrie.