Each time I speak to a parent or guardian, I learn more about how intertwined our role as educators is to the work you do at home. You spend so much time reinforcing the academic, social, and emotional concepts taught here at school. Last week in my email, I read a newsletter from Responsive Classroom, a program used by staff at Armstrong to build classroom community and establish norms and expectations. In the spirit of collaboration between school and home, I wanted to share an article from this newsletter. It encourages us as educators to be aware of our use of the word "but" when talking to students. I thought you might find it informative as well. You can access the article by clicking here.
I also wanted to share my gratitude to you, our Armstrong families, for your willingness to read and utilize my blog. I have really enjoyed this new medium and the opportunities it gives me to share information on the social-emotional work we do with students. I look forward to continuing to use it to connect with you and further our collaboration next year.
Dear Armstrong Parents and Guardians,
The reported incidents of an adult man approaching children during soccer practice in some of our neighboring communities has produced a need for us as parents, guardians, and educators to review and empower our children with the tools to be safe when they are out in the community. With this in mind, I thought I would share an article I found online to help organize your thinking should you want to discuss this topic with your children. The article can be found by clicking here.
If there is anything I can do to help frame your thinking on this important topic, do not hesitate to contact me.
School Counselor, Armstrong Elementary School
PH: 508-836-7760 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
David Starr is the School Counselor at Armstrong Elementary School in Westborough, MA.