October 22, 2021

Dear Families, 

As we settle into this school year, we have found that much of our new normal has created some challenges that we hope to address through Social Emotional Learning. As we help our students and teach strategies around social emotional learning, we wanted to share some of our school-wide approaches to this work. The following school-wide strategies are shared with students on Monday mornings via a school-wide video morning message from Mrs. Amado. Classroom teachers also incorporate the strategies in their classrooms throughout the week. Each grade level has a designated morning meeting time and another 10 minute block of time for social emotional learning. 

There are three school rules, which guide student behavior at CES at all times. These rules are:

  • Take Care of Yourself

  • Take Care of Each Other 

  • Take Care of Our School

Each classroom also works together to develop their own set of classroom rules that heavily mirror our school rules to help with consistency. 

C.A.R.E.S. is an important part of who we are and is an acronym for the five character traits that we teach all students.  These are:      

Caring

Assertion

Responsibility/Respect

Empathy 

Self-Control

Teachers use a variety of read alouds and lessons during Morning Meetings to teach students about these five character traits. We talk about showing CARES in the classroom, hallway, cafeteria, and even on the bus!

The Zones of Regulation framework teaches students skills to build awareness of their feelings and utilize a variety of tools and strategies for regulation, self-care, and overall wellness. This includes exploring tools and strategies for mindfulness, sensory integration, movement, thinking strategies, wellness, and healthy connection with others. The Zones of Regulation provides a common language and framework to support positive mental health and skill development for all.

The Zones of Regulation creates a systematic approach to teach regulation by categorizing all the different ways we feel and states of alertness we experience into four concrete colored zones. The framework is designed to help move students toward more independent regulation while also honoring and respecting each student and their unique self.   

There are four zones, the blue zone, green zone, yellow zone, and red zone. The Blue Zone is used to describe low states of alertness, such as when one feels sad, tired, sick, or bored. The Green Zone is used to describe a calm state of alertness. A person may be described as happy, focused, content, or ready to learn when in the Green Zone. The Yellow Zone is also used to describe a heightened state of alertness and elevated emotions; however, one has some control when they are in the Yellow Zone. A person may be experiencing stress, frustration, anxiety, excitement, silliness, the wiggles, or nervousness when in the Yellow Zone. The Red Zone is used to describe extremely heightened states of alertness and intense emotions. A person may be elated or experiencing anger, rage, devastation, or terror when in the Red Zone.

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We hope that this overview of school-wide strategies aiding students in social emotional learning helps bridge a connection between home and school and provide some common language. We look forward to working with all students and families throughout this school year. 

Be well,

Judy O’Meara       Meghan Amado

Principal             Assistant Principal

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