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November 20
Community Coming Together

“It takes a village to raise a child” –Hillary Clinton

No school or staff can educate a student alone. It requires the whole community coming together to build a safe and caring place for students to flourish and blossom. At Colonel J. Fred Scott School (CJFS) we have a variety of programs that help provide extra opportunities to help build empathy, caring leadership and literacy skills with our students.

Each year we have the privilege to offer the Roots of Empathy program with it being in Kindergarten this year. The mission of this program is to build peaceful and caring civil societies through the development of empathy in children and adults. This program is an evidence-based classroom program that has shown significant effects for reducing levels of aggression among school children while raising social/emotional competence and increasing empathy. Empathy is the ability to identify with another person's feelings. The ability to see and feel things as others see and feel them is central to successful social relationships in all stages of life. Babies regularly visit all of the kindergarten classrooms and each time a lesson is built around showing empathy and creating a culture of caring for one another.

As well, some of our grade 3/4 classes are part of an important early literacy program called It’s a Crime Not to Read. This program connects our grades 3/4 students with books, reading, life-long learning and positive community relationships. The program occurs once a month from September to June, for a total of 10 visits from a couple of very special guests. The Library delivers the program to our school along with an assigned police officer that raises the positive profile of the police among students. The police officer reads to the children illustrating the importance of developing strong literacy skills, and answers questions about the police force. 

Colonel J. Fred Scott School continues to be an S4 (Start Smart Stay Safe) school​. This is a proactive, strengths-based model of teaching and learning where police, schools and families partner together to actively build positive relationships, create safe communities and prepare children for the challenges of our complex, changing world. The Start Smart Stay Safe Children and Families Project is a collaborative initiative with the Calgary Police Service, the Calgary Board of Education and the Calgary Catholic School District.  The (S4) themes and objectives are directly aligned with specific Alberta Education Health and Life Skills and Social Studies Program of Studies outcomes. This program sees visits from our School Liaison Officer to classrooms.  Here they will read books with messages around:  Using problem solving skills, Making healthy choices, Using respectful communication skills, Building healthy relationships, Safety and Serving others to build an inclusive, resilient community.

Finally, we also work with our Student Advisory Group where one child from each class works with the school administration to discuss important themes around peace, kindness and empathy. Students who are a part of this group represent their classrooms and engage in lessons with the administration that they then take back to their classes to share. The Student Advisory Group also shares two Peace Assemblies each year to further spread the work of this peace education.

At CJFS it is our desire and goal to continue building collaborative relationships with families as we work to build and instill a sense of peace and care into our learning environment. 

Sincerely,

Scott Robinson

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