It’s Pink Shirt day, today. Along with wearing pink, how about trying the following things:
1) A’am Niin – tell or show someone that they are a good person.
2) Make the KindNESS pledge, and help someone out who needs it.
3) Take a deep breath, count to three, exhale and say something constructive after someone irritates you.
5) Wear pink.
6) Take a minute to think about what you learn about yourself through conflict or challenge. Then thank the person challenging you for the lesson.
8) A’am Niin – take a moment to look in the mirror and tell yourself you are wonderful, smart, brave, kind, loving and loved.
9) Take a moment to slow down, listen to what others have to say, respond thoughtfully, and breathe.
10) Celebrate your kind actions by sharing and retweeting messages from @pinkshirtday on Twitter or let us know, on this page, what you’re doing to support Pink Shirt Day on Feb 22, 2017.
It’s important to know what to do when you have a conflict at school. Whether you are teen, tween, or younger there are things that you can do to settle a problem. At NESS, from K-12, these are the general steps that students and parents can take if they have a problem at school.
Discipline vs Punishment (Barbara Coloroso, YouTube)
It’s that time of year when all principals start thinking about the school growth plan. We need advice to help us see where to go next. A school growth plan could be created just for the next year, but more often it is a vision that carries forward three, five or ten years into the future. As we know decisions made today can have lasting effects for a very long time. This is why, as a principal, it is important to find out as much as I can about what people think and how they feel about their learning. Even though growth plans can create long term effects, it is crucial that we all remember that growth plans are also ever changing. They are a little bit like trees that we fertilize with our dreams and prune every year to ensure strong growth. If you are interested in adding your voice to the NESS growth plan, please click on the link below and complete the 10 question survey. (All answers are anonymous.) Students parents, staff and community members are invited to participate. Remember while participating, however, that surveys are meant to gather feedback about ideas. Major changes in our school environment will not take place without further inquiry. If the survey questions don’t address your interests or concerns then feel free to email the principal at firstname.lastname@example.org.
School Growth Survey
Here is a great app for building literacy and numeracy skills in Pre-K and Kindergarten students. Mrs. Wilson highly recommends this app for iPads. You can download it for free through iTunes.