We shall see if March really is the beginning of our spring...we can hope! Regardless of the weather, we will gain back an hour and twenty minutes of daylight over the next month- yay!
This can be a long month for everyone since there are no major school breaks, with the exception of one early release day for the kids on the 28th! Self care is especially important now, too, since MCAS is approaching in April, so take a look at the updated links page for websites about the full range of childhood social, emotional, and mental well-being.
Recently, Dr. Ciolkosz, Mrs. Thompson, and I went to see the documentary "Angst" at Thayer Academy- it's screening again at Silver Lake Regional in Kingston on March 12th, and Duxbury FACTS on March 20th. The film consists of interviews with elementary through high school students with various anxiety diagnoses, and gives great tips on treatment and coping. I recommend it! The website, angstmovie.com, also has great resources- it's on the links page, too.
Guidance lessons this month are focusing on kindness, inclusion, and bullying prevention. We'll be reading and discussing books like "My Secret Bully," "Those Shoes," and "The Invisible Boy." These are great reads at home, too, and some even include discussion questions in the back. Trudy Ludwig is one of my favorite authors about these topics!
Upcoming event for fifth graders: Puberty Night. This will take place on March 20th at Norwell Middle School, 7pm for boys and parents, and 8pm for girls and parents. Details are in the following letter, which will also be sent home: Puberty Night Parent Letter
Here's hoping for sunny days ahead!