The goal of the guidance program is to teach and reinforce positive skills to promote healthy social and emotional development that will enhance students' success at school and in life. Throughout the school year, Miss. Garren and I will be going into each fourth and fifth-grade classroom once a week for Guidance classes. We are changing the curriculum used for guidance this year to the Second Step program. This program focuses on the social-emotional development and aims to “transform schools into supportive, successful learning environments”. Every person at Kelvin Grove is encouraged to use the Second Step language for problem-solving and relationship building to ensure a unified school culture. This program has been used at Milne Grove and this year will be implemented in grades 4th – 8th as well. Fourth and fifth-grade students will receive instruction during the guidance period, while the 6th – 8th-grade students with receive instruction during the advisory time from their teachers. Similar to programs used in the past the 4th and 5th grade students will begin learning about Empathy and Respect. Following this lesson the students will work on topics such as active listening, being assertive, respecting differences, and emotion management. Several weeks will be spent on managing emotions such as anxiety and frustration. The common language used for calming down is pictured below. All teachers will be given a lanyard with these steps and the classrooms and hallways will be outfitted with these posters. Additionally, common problem-solving steps will be used by the students as well, also pictured below. Some weeks there will not be a Second Step lesson but a school-wide initiative such as bullying prevention week. With each lesson, a “homework” assignment will be sent home with the student to be done with a family member or a friend. Copies of these assignments will be uploaded to the webpage if the student misplaces the assignment. This will help you to know what skills your child will be working on with us! If you have any questions or suggestions regarding the Guidance program, please contact me. I would love to hear from you!