Posts Tagged ‘Morning Meeting’

Getting to Know Each Other

Written by Rachel Lefton. Posted in ES Counselor

MEN-AS09-gazette-earth-kidsOur social and emotional learning (SEL) themes have gotten off to a great start this year! During the month of September, every class in the elementary school worked on building a sense of community within their classrooms and within the school as a whole. Classes worked on building their own communities through daily morning meetings, greetings in many languages, team work activities, and getting to know each other. Our third grade classes helped the whole school come together as one BFIS community during their assembly. During a school wide morning meeting, third grade helped us learn what we all have in common through a community building activity called “Just Like Me”!

For October, our SEL theme focuses on accepting and embracing differences. I have been able to join many morning meetings  and classroom meetings where students are discussing what they all have in common as well as what makes them special. Last week I joined one of the Pre-K classes to help them complete their “All About Me” book with a special ending on what makes them unique!  Our 5th grade students are also preparing a skit to help show us ways we can include everyone and all of our differences for our assembly on October 21st. I am excited to continue these conversations with our students, as they learn more ways that we are similar and can all get along!

Bonjour Grade 3!

Written by Lila Jorge. Posted in 3rd Grade, Administration, Elementary School, ES Principal

morning meeting 1Throughout the month I have been visiting the different elementary classrooms to join their Morning Meetings.  As many of you already know, last year we made a huge effort from Kindergarten to 5th grade to establish Morning Meetings as an ongoing, consistent part of our day.

Morning Meetings consist of a handful of specific components that help establish a consistent and supportive classroom environment.   My favorite part of these meetings is the greeting, when classmates take the time to make eye contact and greet each other by name.  Often times teachers will vary the type of greeting (handshake, high-five, pinky shake, etc.) but the emphasis is always about making sure each child feels acknowledged and included in the classroom community.

Yesterday, I had the chance to visit Ms. Shena’s class.  Like many teachers, she has already started to incorporate the students’ home languages into the morning greetings, which helps value and celebrate the linguistic diversity we have at BFIS.  On this day we decided to greet each other in French and off we went with handshakes and “bonjours” to start our day!