Monday, October 16, 2017
Hello Mariposa families.
Our school counselors keep us focused on positive messages, which I know we ALL appreciate. This month we are learning how to be “upstanders” (the opposite of “bystanders”) when we see something going on that is hurtful or wrong. The 5th graders are at a perfect age to talk about this with you, so please do take a moment to ask them about the sorts of things that might happen at school, where they can plan to stand up for what is right. It might be as simple as reminding a friend that it’s not acceptable to throw their lunch litter onto the ground, and helping pick it up and throw it out. Or it could be as complicated as telling another student it’s unacceptable to tease or demean another person for any reason, and then standing beside the teased peer, being an “ally.”
As adults in children’s lives, our actions speak much louder than words, and the ways students observe us behaving will have a lasting impact on them. We can’t control the words and behaviors of other adults our children may observe, but we are in control of ourselves. Let’s all be allies together. Let’s stand up for what’s right, and consciously model the kinds of behaviors we hope to see in our children, and in all the others in our lives.