Sunday, January 13, 2019

Kindergarten Social, Emotional, & Behavioral Learning- Week 17

In continuing with our review, this week we spent some time discussing listening, following directions, and rules. We played a new game called Follow Three where students need to first listen and pay attention to three directions given to them before they actually do them. The students then watched a read along book entitled Know and Follow Rules by Cheri J. Meiners. This is part of the Learning to Get Along Series that we just started this week. We completed our time together with students coloring in a related sheet.


Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Words of Wisdom Wednesday

As we continue to move forward into this New Year, ask yourself these questions:
Am I being the kindest person I can be?
Am I being respectful to those around me?
Am I showing that I care by helping others?
If you answered no to any of these, now is the time to start!

Read during morning announcements by one of our fellow Nixon students.

Sunday, January 6, 2019

Kindergarten Social, Emotional, & Behavioral Learning- Week 16

In interests of refreshing the students after their holiday break, this week we first warmed up with a few rounds of Simon Says, followed by some rounds of Follow-Follow with Mr. Snails and Puppy. The students then met our newest friend Be-Calm Bunny who only comes out when it is extra quiet and calm! Each student had the opportunity to share one thing about their holiday break as they took turns passing Be-Calm Bunny around, while the rest of the class practiced such skills as respect, manners, listening, paying attention, and self-control. The students then watched a video favorite of theirs, Howard Learns to Listen and finished by coloring their take home pages. 

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Words of Wisdom Wednesday

As you begin this New Year, think about the things that you would like to improve on or change from last year.
Maybe it’s something related to your school work like reading, writing, or math.
Or maybe it’s something related to someone you know like a friend, classmate, or family member.
Perhaps you need to work harder at your classwork, homework, or studying.
Or perhaps you need to be nicer to others.
Realize that now is your time to make those improvements and changes.
It’s a New Year, a fresh start.
Make it a Happy and successful one!

Read during morning announcements by one of our fellow Nixon students.

Friday, December 21, 2018

Kindergarten Social, Emotional, & Behavioral Learning- Week 15

This week each kindergarten class did something different. One class had a chance to make Bucket Filling cards for their teacher whose time with us here at Nixon was coming to an end, while the other class had a make-up lesson and learned about table manners for the upcoming holiday break (see week 11). Students who made cards first enjoyed the read-a-long below of the book How Full Is Your Bucket? For Kids by Tom Rath and Mary Reckmeyer. See below!


Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Words of Wisdom Wednesday

During this holiday season, don’t forget about the simple, but most important things in life like family, friends, love, and happiness.
Also, remember that it is great to receive something, but much better to give, even if it’s your kindness or a simple smile.
Happy Holidays and enjoy your time with those you love!

Read during morning announcements by one of our fellow Nixon students.

Sunday, December 16, 2018

Kindergarten Social, Emotional, & Behavioral Learning- Week 14

This week we discussed self-control, what it means to have it, why it is important, and ways to practice it. We also discussed the "Power of Why" and how it can help remind us why we should or shouldn't do something. The students then participated in a self-control activity where they determined whether a scenario was an example of good self-control or poor self-control. In addition, the students watched the video below and finished their lesson with a related coloring page. 


Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Words of Wisdom Wednesday

Being polite and kind to others can go along way and you are much more likely to get along with with others when you are kind to them and treat them politely.
You are also much more likely to get what you want when you are polite and kind.
Remember to be polite to everyone, even those who are rude to you, not because they are nice, but because you are.

Read during morning announcements by one of our fellow Nixon students.

Sunday, December 9, 2018

Kindergarten Social, Emotional, & Behavioral Learning- Week 13

This week we started our lesson with some rounds of Follow-Follow with our friends Mr. Snails and Puppy. When then discussed the technique of ignoring after a skit I did with them. We also discussed why it is good to ignore and then read The Smart Fish which is a great story about not taking the "bait" that others use to "lure" you in! We finished with the students coloring their take home page. 

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Words of Wisdom Wednesday

Take a moment and think about how you can make a difference today, not only for yourself, but for someone else.
Be the reason why someone smiles today and you will see just how much you can make a difference in someone else’s day.
You will also see that you will make a difference in your own day as well.

 Read during morning announcements by one of our fellow Nixon students.

Sunday, December 2, 2018

Kindergarten Social, Emotional, & Behavioral Learning- Week 12

This week we warmed up again to some rounds of Simon Says and reviewed our focusing and paying attention skills. We discussed this week's topic of problem solving and watched the read along video below entitled Always A Solution by Jill C. Major. We then connected the video to our "What Can I Do" print out (see below) and discussed it. The students then had the opportunity to color it in.  




Friday, November 23, 2018

Kindergarten Social, Emotional, & Behavioral Learning- Week 11

In preparation for the upcoming holiday break and the opportunity for students to practice their table manners, this week we discussed why it is important to have good table manners and different ways to have them. Since the holiday break was this week, the students watched an extra video about table manners (see below). They finished their lesson with a related coloring sheet. 




Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Words of Wisdom Wednesday

Take a moment to think about what you are thankful for.
Maybe you're thankful for the special people in your life, where you live, or something you own.
Think about how things could be worse, but thankfully they are not.
Now think about what you can do for someone else that will have them being thankful for you! Happy Thanksgiving and enjoy your time off!

 Read during morning announcements by one of our fellow Nixon students.

Sunday, November 18, 2018

Kindergarten Social, Emotional, & Behavioral Learning- Week 10


This week we learned ways to work out disagreements or conflicts using I-messages. The students viewed and participated in an interactive slide show about Talking It Out and using I-messages. They were also able to practice using I-messages and finished their lesson with a related coloring sheet. 


Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Words of Wisdom Wednesday

If you think someone could use a friend, be one!
If you think someone needs help, help them.
If you need to stand up for yourself, do it.
And, if you think someone needs someone to stand up for them, be that someone.
Be a leader and not a follower.
Unless you are following a leader that is doing the right thing!

 Read during morning announcements by one of our fellow Nixon students.

Sunday, November 11, 2018

Kindergarten Social, Emotional, & Behavioral Learning- Week 9

Image result for cool down and work through anger bookThis week we started out with a few rounds of Simon Says to warm up our listening and paying attention skills. We reviewed last week's lesson about feelings and discussed this week's topic Anger and how to handle it. We watched/read an interactive read along entitled Cool Down And Work Through Anger by Cheri J. Meiners and finished our lesson with a coloring page that reminded the students of different techniques they can use to help them deal with anger. 

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Words of Wisdom Wednesday


Remember to treat everyone with Respect, even if they are rude to you.
Do this not because others are respectful, but because you are!

 Read during morning announcements by one of our fellow Nixon students.

Sunday, November 4, 2018

Kindergarten Social, Emotional, & Behavioral Learning- Week 8

This week we talked about feelings, examples of them, and how we identify them. We watched the video below, practiced identifying feelings, and finished our lesson with an activity sheet where students had to draw the feeling. 

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Words of Wisdom Wednesday

Remember to treat yourself with respect because you deserve it.
Remember to treat others with respect because that is how you want to be treated.
And, remember to respect other people’s things because that is how you would like your things to be treated.

Read during morning announcements by one of our fellow Nixon students.

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Anti-Bullying Assembly

This year Mr. Jared Campbell performed at our Anti-Bullying Assembly. He is a singer/songwriter who writes his own music to teach students about respect, responsibility and treating others with kindness.

Sunday, October 28, 2018

Kindergarten Social, Emotional, & Behavioral Learning- Week 7

This week's topic was Whole Body Listening. Students reviewed listening skills, participated in an interactive PowerPoint presentation, solved whole body listening riddles, and watched the related video below. They finished their lesson with an activity page where they were able to create their own Listening "Mon-Star" while matching the parts of the body that are used in whole body listening. 

Thursday, October 18, 2018

2018-2019 Anti-Bullying Banner Signed

Roxbury middle and high school students visited Nixon School today during lunch periods. They talked to our students about being kind to each other and not being a bully. They also had students sign this year’s anti-bullying banner!


Sunday, October 14, 2018

Kindergarten Social, Emotional, & Behavioral Learning- Week 6

This week's lesson was all about sharing and it was was pretty exciting! We discussed how sharing can be hard to do, but how it feels good when someone shares with us or we share with them. We read a book entitled Share and Take Turns by Cheri J. Meiners followed by them participating in "Sharing Stations." Station One students practiced taking turns, Station Two students practiced trading, and Station Three students practiced all sharing skills together. The students really enjoyed this! Students were given a related take home coloring page. 

Sunday, October 7, 2018

Kindergarten Social, Emotional, & Behavioral Learning- Week 5

This week we discussed and practiced paying attention, focusing, and following directions. Our friends Mr. Snails and Puppy joined us for a few rounds of Follow-Follow. We also watched the video below, Following Directions with Goofy and finished our lesson with a coloring page related to following directions.


Saturday, September 29, 2018

Kindergarten Social, Emotional, & Behavioral Learning- Week 4


In anticipation of next week's recognition and celebration of the Week of Respect, we had a great talk about respect, what it means and why it is important. We watched two short videos about respect. One was a read-a-long of the book I Show Respect by David Parker and the other is below. The students finished their lesson with a coloring page about respect. 

Friday, September 28, 2018

Week of Respect 2018

Week of Respect 2018!

Dear Families,

Next week we will be celebrating the Week of Respect from Monday October 1st through Friday October
5th with theme-days that promote and share messages about being respectful to yourself, others, your
community, and school.

For this special week, the following theme-days will occur:

Monday October 1st- “Red is for Respect Day”- Wear red today to show your support for how important
it is to show respect by treating others the same way you yourself want to be treated.

Tuesday October 2nd- “Respect Yourself Day-Get dressed up today to show how important it is to
respect yourself in order to respect others.

Wednesday October 3rd- “Respect Others and their Differences Day”-Wear a silly hat and or
mismatched colors to show that we may look different on the outside, but we are all the same in the inside.

Thursday October 4th- “Respect Your Community Day”-Wear something that relates to your community
like a local team sports jersey or clothing that has a local business on it to show that it is important to
respect your community.

Friday October 5th- “Respect Your School Day- Wear school spirit wear showing your support for
respecting your school.

Please be sure to follow the dress code and school rules when dressing your child. If possible, on each day
of next week incorporate the day’s theme into conversation with your child further promoting respect, what
it means, the importance of it and how we can show it everyday and beyond this special week!

Thank you for your cooperation and participation. We look forward to seeing everyone dressed up next week!

In addition, on Thursday October 18th, select Roxbury middle and high school students will visit Nixon
School during all lunch periods to have lunch with our students and then have our students here at Nixon
sign this year’s anti-bullying banner!

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Mr. Erik Swanson
Nixon School Counselor

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Kindergarten Social, Emotional, & Behavioral Learning- Week 3


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This week we started out by reviewing our listening rules from last week by going over a story from the Second Step: Skills for Social and Academic Success curriculum. The students learned about "attento-scopes" and how to use them (ask them to show you). They also met Mr. Snails and Puppy who helped us play a few rounds of Follow-Follow which is a game of listening and paying attention. In addition, the students also practiced following directions by listening to coloring directions step-by-step for a coloring sheet they were given.

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Kindergarten Social, Emotional, & Behavioral Learning- Week 2

This week's topic was listening (i.e. ears listening, eyes looking, quiet mouth and quiet body). We also watched the video below and discussed it. We ended the class with a listening game. 


Saturday, September 8, 2018

Kindergarten Social, Emotional, & Behavioral Learning- Week 1

For our first class, the students learned how to "check-in" through Classdojo and how they can earn points based on the choices they make during our time together. Ask them how it works and how they use it when they enter into my room! We also talked about what types of topics we will be learning about throughout the year when we meet together such as listening, focusing and paying attention, feelings, getting along, sharing, and self-control. in addition, we went over the classroom rules, explained how the behavioral chart works and students concluded the class with drawing one thing that they like or are into. 

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Social Emotional Learning

Below you will see what social and emotional learning (SEL) themes and topics we will be covering school-wide in the classrooms throughout the year!

Additionally, here are some links to videos about what social emotional learning is and the importance of it!


SEL CURRICULUM MAP                  
Competency  
Month
Theme
Topics
Social Awareness
September
Inclusion
Perspective-taking
Empathy
Appreciating diversity
  • World Peace Day

October
Respect
Respect
Bullying
  • Week of Respect
Self-Awareness
November
Exploring Emotions
Identifying emotions
Empathy
Gratitude
  • Thankful Thoughts

December
Self-Efficacy
Accurate self-perception
Recognizing strengths
Goal Setting
Self-confidence
  • Believe in your selfie
Relationship Skills
January
Friendship
Communication
Social skills
Teamwork

February
Kindness
Relationship-building
Community/Citizenship
-Random Acts of Kindness
Responsible Decision Making
March
Conflict Resolution
Identifying problems
Solving problems
Evaluating
Reflecting

April
Mindset
Growth vs. Fixed
Analyzing situations
Responsibility (to self/others)
Self-Management
May
Self-Regulation
Zones of Regulation
Impulse control
Stress management

June
Mindfulness
Self-Care
Relaxation Skills

Monday, May 7, 2018

Talking to Your Child About Terrible Things


Roxbury School District


Talking to your child about terrible things



In response to questions from parents we have put together a quick guide (including links)
with tips on communicating with your child when something dreadful happens.
Reiterate Safety
reinforce that our schools and community are safe.  Roxbury is proactive
in the area of school security.  Let children talk about their concerns so they can begin to
process their feelings.  Be specific if needed and remind students that school doors are locked
and staff members are visible at all times. Remember, children take cues from adults!  Remain
calm and in control.
Make time to talk
when your children are ready to talk, be there for them and listen.  
Engage them in a conversation about their feelings and let them know that it is normal to feel
differently when something icky happens.  Help them to express their feelings appropriately.
Be truthful
always be honest about what is happening.  Children talk to each other and will
know when you are not being truthful.  Keep the details simple, brief, and age appropriate.
Safety
discuss specific steps you and your child would take in different situations.  Remind
them that emergency drills at school are done for this reason. Have a plan in place in case an
emergency happens at home and other locations.  
Maintain normalcy
keep to a normal routine and a regular schedule.  Ensure that your child
gets plenty of sleep, eats regular meals, and exercises.  Encourage children to keep up with
school work and extracurricular activities. Limit television exposure and internet use.  If you
see a change in your child’s behavior, please contact the school counselor.

The following links are provided by expert professionals for parents, teachers, and students: 
www.nasponline.org/safety-and-crisis
https://www.naesp.org/sites/default/files/resources/2/Report_to_Parents/2005/rtp11-05.pdf
https://www.nctsn.org/what-is-child-trauma/trauma-types/terrorism-and-violence
https://www.cdc.gov/features/safeschools/index.html