During the month of December, we will be focusing on Caring and Kindness in our Guidance lessons. Our 1st-3rd grade students will be challenged to complete a Random Acts of Kindness Board (see attached board). The completed Kindness Boards will be collected over the next two weeks. Students who return completed boards will be eligible to be included in the "Kind Club". Throughout this school year, the Kind Club will be provided secret kindness missions that they can choose to complete. At the end of the year, these students will be recognized for their efforts in promoting kindness in our school.
Our Kindergarten students will be focusing on sharing and caring for others. Fourth grade will be participating in a "Pay It Forward" activity described in the letter to parents (below).
Thank you, parents, for your support and encouragement of the school counseling curriculum and lessons. Please let me know if you have questions or ideas to share.
Dear Fourth Grade Parents,
Have you ever wondered if there is something you could do to make this world a better place? Several years ago, I viewed a movie, “Pay It Forward”. This movie depicts a teacher that challenged his 7th
grade students to consider just that. Not only did he ask them to consider our role in making the world better, but expected his students to develop a plan that would actually have a positive impact on “our world”. The story revolves around a student who develops a plan that commits to doing three acts of kindness for three different people, with no expectation of anything in return. He asks the recipients of his kindnesses to “pay it forward” to three other people, causing a contagious effect of kindness.
I shared some video clips of this movie with your child this week and asked them to consider “What if we could really DO something about making the world better?” Your child chose to accept my challenge. I presented a dollar bill to each student who agreed to use that $1 to help make the world a better place—as kind of “seed money”. Participants have promised not to use this for personal gain, but to use it to make another persons life better.
I have offered this opportunity to my 7th
graders for years and each year, I am amazed and impressed by the depth of caring these children exhibit. It has proved to be a wonderful investment! I believe I will be just as impressed with what our 4th
graders will do with this opportunity. I hope to allow our students an opportunity this spring to share what they chose to do with their $1. I appreciate any support or encouragement you can offer your child in implementing their ideas. Please contact me if you have questions email@example.com