October 23, 2017

Feel Good Climate

School Climate refers to the quality and character of school life. How students, parents, teachers, and staff treat and speak to one another has a significant short-term and long-lasting impact on how we feel and show up in the world. We are intentionally working to create and sustain a school climate where ALL students, parents, and employees feel physically, socially, emotionally, and intellectually safe. We are making a conscious effort to instill a culture where sensitivity, kindness, and inclusiveness are fostered and students’ spirits are engaged, nurtured and respected.

 

What Nss Is Already Doing For Feel Good Climate
  • Utilizing “Responsive Classroom” approach, a widely used, research-backed approach to elementary education that increases academic achievement, decreases problem behaviors, improves social skills, and leads to more high quality instruction(www.responsiveclassroom.org)
  • Based on the newly amended CT legislation (CT General Statute, Section 10-222d – An Act Concerning the Strengthening of School Bullying Laws), which took effect July 1, 2011, the Fairfield Public School District is shifting its focus of the “bullying law” from reacting to bullying and mean-spirited behavior to proactively building and maintaining a positive school climate
  • Currently in the process of implementing a 5 Stage Continuous Improvement Process to improve NSS school climate
  • Designated a School Climate Coordinator, School Climate Team,  School Climate Specialist, and School Climate Committee
  • Educating on “What Bullying Looks Like” and understanding the difference between “Teasing & Taunting”
  • Adhering to Reporting  Alleged Bullying/Harassment/Mean-Spirited Behavior
  • Educating Staff and Students on Reporting – Tattling vs. Telling/Reporting – “If you SEE something, SAY something”
  • Investigating reports of bullying
  • Currently developing a School Safety and Intervention Plan for both the victim and the perpetrator
New For 2012-2013
  • “Quote of the Week” – Mrs. Jackson reads a quote about kindness each day over morning message and the quote is posted by Mrs. Josovitz on a white board where students enter the building – list of Kindness Quotes
  • Celebrated Random Acts of Kindness Program in February 2013.
    • All students wrote a kind act they did recently on different colored cut-out hearts that decorated the entire school
    • Held a “Kindness Assembly” where we rolled out our Goals for Creating a Culture of Kindness at NSS, NSS Kindness Slogan, and NSS Kindness Pact.  2 former NSS students were recognized for creating the map on the blacktop out on the front playground.  Mrs. Josovitz and Mrs. Jackson reviewed all the kind acts we have done as a school this school year and students read We concluded the assembly with our NSS Tigers song.
    • School hallways were decorated with banners and posted promoting RAK Week and “Kindness Zone”
    • NSS families donated handmade cards, baked goods, and balloons for a “Kindness Excursion” where some students hand-delivered these items to our local Police, Fire, Town Hall / Department of Public Works, and local businesses to show our gratitude for their service.
  • Teachers hand out “Kindness Coins” when they “catch” students being kind, inclusive, and compassionate to fellow students.  Students are encouraged to “Pass It On” when they catch other students doing the same
  • List of Resources for parents on parenting topics, mindfulness, and ways to foster kindness and compassion in kids – NSS School Climate Resources for Parents and Teachers

 

What Parents Can Do
  • Be a role model for kindness, compassion, and tolerance (your kids are watching and listening to you!)
  • Post a Kindness Quote on your refrigerator, blackboard/whiteboard in any common living area in your house – have your kids write it to help it really sink in – Hyperlink (of quotes used this school year)
  • Keep a “Kindness Journal” where your family can record kind acts you each do each day and discuss when you are all hanging out together
  • Keep a “Gratitude Journal” (for yourself and teach your kids to do the same where you record each day what you are grateful for
  • Show them that you value those traits by praising those attributes when you see them in others and in them
  • Intervene when you see/hear mean-spirited talk – don’t let it slide
  • Talk to your child about the difference between “tattling” and “reporting”
  • Accept and celebrate differences!
  • Report things you see/hear to school officials with sufficient detail
  • Monitor “online” chatter
  • Implement “What’s Everyone Grateful for Today?” at dinner table each night or breakfast or both!
  • Limit children’s “total screen time”  to a pre-determined amount of time, which includes watching television and videos, surfing the Internet, and playing computer or video games
  • Institute Weekly Family Game Night where everyone looks forward to spending time together
  • Encourage kids to make eye contact and smile at people when they are out and about
  • Visit websites together that discuss the topic of Kindness and come up with ideas together on ways to be more kind in the family, at school, and in the community – a list of websites will be provided
  • Volunteer in the community as a family
  • Read grade level books with your child on Kindness, Empowerment, Compassion, Mindfulness  – see link
  • Check out Random Acts of Kindness Ideas list and try the ones that resonate for you!
  • Like our Facebook page for recent articles and information about Kindness, Anti-Bullying, and School Climate