December-January 2021-22

winter in small town
  • Hello all! I am back in the building after enjoying maternity leave with my son, Liam. It has been great getting back into the swing of things and meeting lots of new students!

     

    Winter is coming up quickly! So many activities can fill up our days in and out of school this season, so get plenty of rest and enjoy this time- safely, of course! There are updated links to your left with seasonally-appropriate information, like grief over the holidays, transitioning in and out of school breaks, etc.

    Here is what's coming up for social-emotional programming in December and January:

    Monday Social-Emotional Learning (SEL)

    All grades will have weekly SEL time with me, via live virtual lessons every Monday. We will cover the CASEL domains, starting with being inclusive of others. 

    Personal Safety and Sexual Abuse Prevention (Grades K, 2, and 4)

    As part of the Norwell Guidance curriculum, students in grades K, 2 and 4 will have access to a virtual lesson from me on this important topic. **Please note,** this topic relates to children understanding what is and is not appropriate physical contact, and what to do if they are being directly impacted or know of a situation where another child is being harmed. This will obviously be done in an age-appropriate and sensitive way, but this can be heavy subject matter. You know your child and family situation best, so please let me know if this lesson is not the right fit for your child at this time. 

    As part of this lesson, kindergartners and second graders will be read "I Said No" by Kimberly King, and fourth graders will be read "The Kid Trapper" by Julia Cook. Each book will include a lesson, and I am available to answer any student questions. Please reach out to me with any concerns or questions, 781-659-8823 ext 1111 or anne.walsh@norwellschools.org. You will be informed again before your child's class has access to a lesson on this topic.

    NTSS (Norwell Tiered Systems of Support)

    Teachers have been asked to tier their students in terms of social-emotional concerns like anxiety, self-regulation, making friends, sadness, etc. We also offered a student screener, called the mySAEBRS, in grades 2-5, to get students' perspectives on their social, academic, and emotional functioning. When the data from both teacher and student screeners have been compiled, Dr. Ciolkosz (school psychologist) and I will be forming interventions based on needs. Please let me know if you have any questions! 

     

     

    Best,

    Mrs. Walsh