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Assembly | May 31

Tomorrow’s assembly for parents and students will see the first of a new ribbon that will be presented in May and then again in June.  Earlier this month we had a special assembly for our students on how we need to refocus our words and actions on care. The assembly stressed not only the impact of what we do, but also what say and how our words can hurt others.  During the assembly the book “Weird” by Erin Frankel was read to students as they reflected upon what character they would/could be in the story. Below is a synopsis of the plot of Erin Frankel’s book:
Luisa is repeatedly teased and called “weird” by her classmate Sam, even though she is simply being herself…laughing with friends, answering questions in class, greeting her father in Spanish, and wearing her favourite polka-dot dress. Luisa initially reacts to bullying by withdrawing and hiding her colorful nature. With the support of her teachers, parents, classmates, and one special friend named Jayla, she is able to reclaim her colour and resist Sam’s put downs.
No matter what Luisa does, Sam calls her “weird”! Luisa starts to doubt herself to the point where she begins to change who she is and what she does, until she talks to a supportive adult she trusts…her mother. In addition, her friends have missed Luisa’s uniqueness and her being herself and find the courage to tell how much they like those attributes even if a fellow classmate looks down on them for it!
Eventually, through the support of others, Luisa finds the courage to be herself and goes back to wearing her polka-dot dress, answering questions in class, and speaking to her father in Spanish, while Sam’s taunts fade.
At our assembly we reviewed expectations for how we treat others. This included our behavior and voice in classrooms, hallways, at recess, and in the office. Teachers were asked to add one new care lesson a week to their instruction and literacy resources like the one cited above were gathered to provide a starting point for discussion. Teachers and students were asked to practice what we respond to, and what we choose to ignore. One specific example is grade 6 will be working with the book “what to do when we don’t get along.”
As we enter June, we will be refocusing on our acts of kindness and care for others. Teachers at tomorrow’s assembly will be awarding an additional ribbon for those acts of kindness and care. During June, we may see students and their teacher(s) trying new activities that support students in their ways of treating and being with each other. One example may be an alternate recess where the class takes their recess at an alternate time to practice the rules of four square and work to develop the skills associated with sportsmanship, etc.
Hopefully you will be able to join us at tomorrow’s assembly where we honour those true leaders who through their acts of kindness make a difference in the lives of everyone in our school community, including the most vulnerable in addition to their closest friends.
Tomorrow’s assembly begins at 8:15 in the gym. We hope to see you there.
Brian Hebert
Principal,  Beddington Heights

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