October is Bully Prevention Month!
This month is Bully Prevention Month! October 24th is recognized as Unity Day, a day in which individuals, schools, and community members wear orange to show their support in uniting as one. To show kindness, inclusion and acceptance of all individuals.
Here at JJ Hill, we are using the Second Step program in your child’s classroom. The Second Step program teaches children important skills for getting along with others and doing well in school. It also helps our school be a safe, respectful place where everyone can learn.
To further help our school be a safe and respectful place, we are also going to use the Second Step Bullying Prevention Unit. In the lessons, your child will learn specific skills to help stop bullying. Students will learn how to:
• Recognize when bullying is happening
• Report bullying to a caring adult
• Refuse to let bullying happen to themselves or others
• Be a bystander who stands up and is part of the solution to bullying
Definition of Bullying
Bullying Defined in SPPS Board Policy “Bullying” means any verbal or electronic expression, physical act or gesture, or pattern thereof, that has the purpose or effect of causing distress to one or more students and which materially and substantially interferes with educational benefits, opportunities, or performance of the student(s).
Conflict vs. Bullying
• Conflict is a disagreement that happens when people want different things. The people involved in a conflict have equal power to solve the problem. They are not purposefully trying to hurt each other.
• Bullying is unfair and one-sided. It happens when someone keeps hurting, frightening, threatening, or leaving someone out on purpose.
In addition, here are some fun activities called Home Links that will help you understand what your child is learning about bullying at school. They also give your child another chance to practice skills for handling bullying.
School Counseling Program Mission Statement
The J. J. Hill School Counseling Program is committed to empowering students to become caring lifelong learners and problem solvers in academic, social skills, college and career ready.
Below are some helpful tools for parents to explore. We will continue with our Second Step Curriculum for Social Emotional Learning.