Our 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!