Hello Arroyo parents, from your School Counselor, Andrea Dimas!
This page contains information about our programs.
This year at Arroyo, our students will have access to a variety of social-emotional learning (SEL) programs that will help foster a positive and caring school climate. Teachers, school counselors and parent volunteers are working together to guide learners through three complementary programs:
- Second Step
- Digital Passport
- Project Cornerstone
Second Step is a wonderful program to help students with social and emotional growth; specifically focusing on Empathy, Emotion Management, and Problem Solving. Research is showing that students with strong social/emotional skills are much more successful throughout life.
Here is the website to help you learn how to support your child with strong social and emotional growth; as well as home links with activities to help support your child’s learning. We will be going over one lesson each week.
You will need an activation key for your child’s grade level:
Fourth Grade: SSP4 FAMI LY74 Download Grade 4 Home Link Lessons
Fifth Grade: SSP5 FAMI LY75 Download Grade 5 Home Link Lessons
An overview of the Second Step lessons for all grades is available here.
We will also be focusing on Growth Mindset while teaching Second Step. Here is the first video students will see to remind them that their brain can grow just like any other muscle!
As part of our yearlong safety and citizenship lessons at Arroyo, our students complete digital citizenship lessons from Common Sense Media and each earned their “digital passport.”
Common Sense Media is non-profit organization dedicated to safety education for kids and families. The mobile app and website are popular research tools for families used for selecting TV shows, movies and games suitable for young children.
Common Sense Media also offers an education curriculum for schools, with lessons geared for grades 3-5 and designed to teach the basic concepts of online safety.
At Arroyo, we have completed the five-lesson program called “Digital Passport.” In Digital Passport, the students played games on the computer designed to teach safety concepts, such as how and when it is appropriate to share information online. At the end of the unit, students all received their digital passport badges, signifying they have learned the core concepts of digital safety, respect, and community.
We find that a large number of students in grades 4-5 are aware of or active users of social media, and smart phones. Please be sure to talk at home with your child about the various safety responsibilities of being online. You can use the resources below as conversation starters.
Questions? Contact Julie Jobak, Kim Arasato, Danielle Cole (parent)
Family and Parent Resources:
- Common Sense Media – Website with resources, ratings, FAQs, etc.
- Common Sense Media Connecting Families
- Nine Elements of Digital Citizenship – Discuss these with your children
- Family Online Safety Institute
- Top 10 Social Networks & Apps Your Kids Use
- Cyberbullying Resources from National Crime Prevention Council
- Stop Cyberbullying Parent Resources
- Raising Digital Citizens
- 10 Tips for Digital Citizens’ Parents
- Nine Ways to Set Limits on Screentime
- Technology Addiction: Concern, Controversy, and Finding Balance – from Common Sense Media
Project Cornerstone is a social-emotional learning curriculum developed by YMCA Silicon Valley and used in hundreds of schools around the Bay Area. At Arroyo we are using the Project Cornerstone ABC program (Asset Building Champions), focusing on the themes of inclusion and respecting others. A volunteer will visit your child’s classroom every month to read stories, lead discussions and share activities to help all kids feel valued, respected and known at school. Copies of the books we are reading will be available to students in the school library, and in their classrooms. Parent information will come home to you each month, describing the stories and lessons. We need your help to reinforce these lessons with your kids at home and out in the community.
All the Project Cornerstone books for the 2016-2017 school year:
October: Stand Tall Molly Lou Melon by Patty Lovell
November: My Secret Bully by Trudy Ludwig
December: Don’t Laugh at Me by Steve Seskin
January: The Blue Day Book for Kids by Bradley Trevor Greive or Today I Feel
Silly and Other Moods That Make My Day by Jamie Lee Curtis
February: Long Shot—Never Too Small to Dream by Chris Paul
March: René Has Two Last Names by René Colato Laínez
April: Enemy Pie by Derek Munson
May: The OK Book by Amy Krouse Rosenthal
Check back here each month for details on your classroom’s Project Cornerstone book and lesson. If you have questions about Project Cornerstone, please contact Michelle Chang at firstname.lastname@example.org and Jennifer Rudy at email@example.com.