This is a busy time for children who are learning many new skills in school. They may be working on reading, writing stories, using graphs, starting to play a musical instrument or preparing for the Christmas program. Many are involved in a variety of extracurricular activities. All of these activities involve important skills for children to learn. Another area of learning that requires specific skills is social-emotional learning. These important skills are often overlooked. This is the realm where children learn how to understand and manage their feelings, how to make friends and be a friend, and how to solve social problems. Learning takes place throughout the day—in the class room, on the playground, and at home. Children learn by watching and listening to how teachers, family members, and friends interact with one another. Our teachers will be presenting our annual Called to Protect program for the students over the course of the next several months during the students’ normal Health and/ or Religion classes. We will also be supplementing the health curriculum with the Archdiocesan mandated programs Talk about Touching, Second Step and Steps to Respect throughout the year. The Second Step program helps students think about, develop, and practice positive social skills. Research tells us that children who learn and use these skills are more likely to get along with others and do better in school. Steps to Respect is a bullying prevention program. The Second Step program is divided into three units:

Unit I: Empathy Training. Children learn about feelings and ways to show understanding andcaring toward others.

Unit II: Impulse Control and Problem Solving. Children learn new ways to solve problems and practice skills such as calming down, apologizing, interrupting politely, and making new friends.

Unit III: Anger Management. Children learn to manage their anger in ways that do not hurt others.

Incorporating photographs and videos of children in everyday situations, Second Step lessons introduce and teach all the above skills. Students are given the chance to practice the skills they’re learning through role-playing, an important part of Second Step Lessons. If you have any questions regarding these programs, please don’t hesitate to contact your child’s teacher.

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