We will cultivate resourceful, resilient citizens by teaching social and emotional learning skills in a nurturing academic environment.
Social and emotional learning (SEL) is the process through which children and adults understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions.
Social and emotional learning (SEL) starts at home. Parents and families are critical partners in helping their children develop social and emotional know-how. They can model the kinds of skills, attitudes, and behaviors we want all students to master. And they can be important advocates for SEL at school. (CASEL)
Social-emotional skills are the strategies one has for managing strong emotions, navigating relationships, working effectively with others, solving difficult problems, and making responsible decisions.
Social-emotional skills pave the way for positive life experiences. When these skills are taught and supported, youth are more likely to succeed academically and have a positive attitude toward self and school, and less likely to experience emotional distress and use drugs.
During the school year, your child will be participating in community circles. A community circle is a time during class to learn about one another and build relationships. You can try this together by asking your children questions during the car ride home, on a walk, at dinner, or during a commercial. Here are some sample questions to ask your child:
- If one of your classmates could be the teacher for the day who would you want it to be? Why?
- What was your favorite subject to study today? Why?
- What was the nicest thing you did for someone else?
- What was one thing that made you happy or smile today?
- What was one thing that made you sad or mad today?
Watch the following video for more information on SEL: