Greetings, Beacon Families!
Next week, we will be spotlighting the LIFESKILL of Pride. Pride is to feel satisfaction from doing one’s personal best. Students demonstrate pride by turning in papers that are neat, on time, and accurate. They acknowledge friends who are doing their personal best, feel good about a job well done, share the concepts and knowledge they are learning with other students, parents, and guests, and share positive statements about their culture, heritage, and religion, and those of others. Real world applications of pride are accepting compliments and acknowledgments with grace. We may also join organizations and actively participate in activities that support the community, or start and name businesses after our families.
We are a school of readers so here are a few books that link literature with Pride. Enjoy!
The Principal’s New Clothes by Stephanie Calmenson
Amazing Grace by Mary Hoffman
Dandelion by Don Freeman
The Patchwork Quilt by Valerie Flourney
Elephants Never Forget by Jeannette Sanderson
Otherwise Known As Sheila, the Great by Judy Blume
The Trumpet of the Swan by E.B. White
Dr. Hill, Principal
Mrs. Sharp's Class did a random act of kindness by cleaning up the playground!
Mrs. Kuhn's Class is celebrating reading all of the SC Picture Book Nominees! Way to go to all of our Kindergarten classes!
Please stop by D Hall to see these smiling faces on display.
Isabella Cummings Rowe
Cris De La Cruz
Akira Leung Chung Kam
Mrs. Lauren Smith’’s 2nd Grade Class
Counselor Connections: Bullying vs. Peer Conflict
Tonya Spangler, School Counselor
Bullying is a hot topic these days in the media and on school campuses around the world. Most all school districts have training and procedures put into place for bullying prevention. Bookman Road Elementary, and all Richland Two District schools, train students annually on the differences between Bullying and Peer Conflict. At Bookman Road Elementary the school counselor uses district approved presentations, each October, to teach the definition and criteria for bullying and how it looks different from peer conflict. Students work through different scenarios and learn the appropriate ways to respond and/or seek assistance for different kinds of situations.
Many folks tend to label any type of minor aggression or disagreement between people as bullying. But, many times, what is labeled as bullying is not bullying at all. Bullying is not about conflict or anger but instead tends to be more about arrogance, control, and power. It’s a feeling of superiority and that “I have the right to treat you this way”. All bullying is mean but not all mean behavior is bullying. No bullying prevention program will completely eliminate bullying, but our goal is to decrease the possibility and to respond appropriately when an incident takes place.
What is Conflict?
Conflict involves a disagreement or issue between two or more people who appear to have different goals. Conflict occurs naturally as we interact with each other and is a normal part of friendships and relationships in general. Some examples of conflict are:
- Students disagree over who should do clean up after a group project.
- A girl wanted to attend another girl’s birthday party, but she wasn’t invited.
- Two boys get into a fight after rough play in a basketball game.
In a conflict people may get frustrated and, in the heat of the moment, one or both people’s emotions can escalate into a heated conflict. Usually there is a “back and forth” that occurs where each person is trying to make the case for what he/she wants.
What is Bullying?
One person, or group of people, are targeting another individual because they can. There are three basic components to bullying:
- Purposeful & malicious intent
- An imbalance of power, where one side has all of the control and power over the other
- Pattern of behavior repeated over time
Students are instructed to tell the nearest adult if someone is bullying them and to do so that day or as soon as possible. That adult will usually be their teacher. The teacher will address it and/or collaborate with administration or the counselor if the incident warrants additional support.
Bookman Road Elementary places a heavy focus on building a positive school climate and sense of community among our students. Teaching students appropriate social skills and building empathy and emotional intelligence has shown to be the most successful approach to reducing bullying. The entire faculty and staff infuses our Lifelong Guidelines and LIFESKILLS into our daily routines and our daily language. Each year, the school counselor teaches the following concepts to each class and in small group work throughout the year:
Bullying vs. Peer Conflict
Research shows that building emotional intelligence is the best strategy for decreasing bullying incidents. Focus and practice, using the above mentioned concepts, are the best way to build emotional intelligence and social emotional skills. Parents play a vital and primary role in helping these skills develop for each child. Children will often handle conflict and stressors the way they see the adults in their lives model that for them so it is imperative to use self-care so you can peacefully solve problems that arise. When your child presents an issue with a peer, please use this chart with him or her to gauge whether this situation involves conflict, rude, mean or bullying behavior. This will help you also decide how the situation needs to be addressed.
REMINDER: Tomorrow, December 1, 2017 is an early dismissal day for students. All students will be dismissed at 11:30 a.m. for teachers and staff to participate in professional collaboration. Please note that any student not picked up by 11:50 a.m. will be sent to BREAKERS after school care for supervision and will be charged a fee for the time they are there. Thank you, in advance, for adhering to the 11:30 dismissal time tomorrow.
Get your child involved with the Hour of Code Movement at home. Here are a couple of websites that our students love!