February 12, 2021

Dear Families,

As we begin the month of February, we are excited to share some activities that we have planned for Black History and Kindness Month. Our goal is to have Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) featured and celebrated in our classrooms throughout the school year in the books we are reading and in our social studies curriculum. With that being said, we’d like this February’s Black History Month to be a launch point to featuring and celebrating BIPOC in our classrooms. Along with the CES community, this is a focus and an initiative that the district as a whole has embraced and supports. 

What will we be doing as a CES Community to Celebrate Black History Month?

Each morning on the morning announcements, Mrs. Amado will highlight an influential African American. We will focus on celebrating the positive contributions of black individuals in a variety of areas.  Each week there will be a focus, and the individuals we are learning about will fit into that theme. Week 1: artists, musicians, dancers; Week 2: Activists; Week 3: Athletes; and Week 4: Scientists, Inventors, Explorers.

We have two school-wide collaborative projects that we will do to bring our school together that include diversity and kindness, two focuses of the month of February:

  • The first is a self-portrait where each child draws themselves. Each grade level will have a color of focus which will be the background to the portrait (Pre-k yellow, kindergarten green, first grade blue, and second grade red). The actual self-portrait can be realistic.

    self portrait bulletin board
  • The second project is called "Kind Cardinals on the fly.” Students will create a single feather sharing ways to be kind and the feathers will be put together to make a set of wings with the quotation “Kind Cardinals on the Fly".

    Kind Cardinal on the Fly bulletin Board

We will also focus on kindness in February. Empathy is a strong part of our C.A.R.E.S. curriculum. Learning to display kindness and compassion for others is a critical and ongoing developmental process and an important part of young children’s evolving social skills. One of the most important social skills a child can learn is empathy. Being able to understand how another person is feeling and recognizing their needs helps people connect to one another.  Here are a few examples of instructional strategies that promote a kind and supportive learning environment: 

  • Classroom meetings which are used to foster social skill and behaviors i.e; greeting others, discussing issues, establishing rapport, and promoting community
  • Modeling and practicing acts of kindness in our classrooms, school, and the community
  • Sharing and discussing literature about kindness and empathy
  • Providing students with a variety of ways throughout the day to encourage self-regulation, introducing and modeling ways students can self-assess/reflect on their feelings in a situation, and building strategies that will help develop perspective taking which will result in a supportive learning environment and ultimately increase student engagement in learning.

Aside from our collaborative school-wide project “Kind Cardinals on the Fly,” CES will have a food drive to promote showing kindness and empathy toward others. A first grader in Miss Keenan’s class had the idea to organize a food drive with his class. Their first goal was to collect 110 boxes and cans of food. When they quickly surpassed their goal, they wanted to bring the food drive to the whole school. Now, CES’s goal is to fill Mrs. Amado’s office with food by February 12th. Throughout the next few weeks, Mrs. Amado will show CES the progress they are making filling the office on the morning announcements. Classrooms will also promote kindness throughout the month of February through a variety of activities.  CES community’s commitment to providing a supportive learning environment is apparent in our school-wide motto, “Soar to Success at CES; A community that C.A.R.E.S”. The acronym C.A.R.E.S. stands for Cooperation, Assertion, Respect, Empathy, and Self-control.  As always, we thank you for your continued support and partnership. CES looks forward to celebrating Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) throughout our school year. 

Be well, 

Judy O'Meara, Principal

Meghan Amado, Assistant Principal

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