Respect For All was celebrated the week of February 13-17. During this week, our teachers engaged in various lessons that focused on preventing bias-based harassment, intimidation and bullying. Our staff members also created a program for this entire week with each day having a different type of activity. Below are listed the activities for each day:
Monday, February 13th – Respect for All Week Kick-Off
Our Principal’s Book of The Month included three selections all focused on the value of Respect. Kindergarteners read The Crayon Box That Talked, a story about a little girl who goes to a toy store and upon overhearing some crayons complaining abut one another, she decides to buy them all and take them home. The girl picks up the colors one by one and draws. When the crayons see the picture they have all helped create, they realize that beautiful things can happen when everyone works together and respects one another.
First graders read The Proudest Blue, a story about a girl named Faizah who on her first day of school notices that not everyone sees her sister Asiya’s hijab of blue fabric like the ocean waving to the sky as beautiful as she does. Faizah finds new ways to stay strong and be proud of who she is because she knows that those things that may make someone appear different are actually worth celebrating.
Second graders read Martin’s Big Words. In this story, author Doreen Rappaport uses quotes from some of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s most beloved speeches to tell the story of his life. In this way, she brings his life and the profound nature of his message to young children through Dr. King’s own words.
Tuesday, February 14th – Superhero Day! & Special Sesame Street Video
Students were invited to wear their favorite Superhero t-shirts.
Teachers showed their classes the Sesame Street: Respect | Word on the Street video.
Wednesday, February 15th and Thursday, February 16th – School-Wide Respect for All Posters
Each class designed and presented a fun poster that represented “Respect” and was displayed around the school community.
Friday, February 17th – National No One Eats Alone Day
During lunchtime, students were encouraged to make new friends by sitting next to a different peer and participated in conversations to create a culture of belonging and acceptance in an effort to end social isolation. Students were given fruit bars to create a “party-like” atmosphere.
Below is an exhibit of some of the work produced by our pre-kindergarteners, kindergarteners, first graders and second graders on the theme of Respect for All.