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Dear Families,
When you enter Room 235, look above the doorway for a quote from Anna Harris Smith (founder of the Animal Rescue League of Boston):  Kindness uplifts the world.  It serves as a reminder that we must take care of each other, our classroom and ourselves so everyone can learn in the best way possible.

Our school uses Responsive Classroom practices to support the children's academic and social learning. There are seven principles that form the framework of RC:
  • The social-emotional curriculum is as important as the academic curriculum.
  • How children learn is as important as what they learn. Process and content go hand in hand.
  • The greatest cognitive growth occurs through social interaction.
  • To be successful academically and socially, children need to learn a set of social and emotional skills that include cooperation, assertiveness, responsibility, empathy, and self-control.
  • Knowing the children we teach individually, culturally, and developmentally is as important as knowing the content we teach.
  • Knowing you, the families of the children we teach, is as important as knowing the children we teach.
  • How we, the adults at school, work together is as important as our individual competence. Lasting change begins with the adult community.
Classroom discussions address topics in academic areas and topics in our social-emotional learning. We know respectful behavior is expected. We can have disagreements with one another but we will still be thoughtful. It's okay not to know everything but we must be willing to try because our mistakes help us learn. The classroom belongs to all of us so how we act affects others. We also know that sometimes we have to go back to the beginning and try it again. (And that includes both teachers and children.)

For further information please check our school's Responsive Schools webpage or see The Responsive Classroom's website at responsiveclassroom.org.
                                                                                                 Cordially,
                                                                                                 Alice


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