In St. Louis Park...
Students, staff and even community members are learning
what it means to be an Upstander.
An Upstander is: a person who takes action particularly when the easiest or most acceptable course is to do nothing
An Upstander Pledge:
I will always:
Support those around me who are being bullied or victimized.
Tell a friend, teacher or parent when I see someone being bullied.
Ask myself, "How would I want to be treated?"
Note where and when bullying occurs.
Do something when I see someone being bullied - be an Upstander.
Understand why bullies bully.
Practice being a positive role model for my fellow students and share "Stand Up to Bullying" strategies with others.
An Introduction To Sparks
Leo the Lightning Bug by Eric Drachman
Kindergartners started the month of October with an introduction to Sparks. Counselors shared the story Leo the Lightning Bug (a student favorite). Leo is a lightning bug who has just one wish, one goal: to light up like all the other lightning bugs. Lighting Up is Leo's Spark! He wakes up each morning excited and thinking about it. With the help of Leo's mom and practice, Leo is able to show the other lightning bugs that he can do it! This is a great story about persistance.
Kindergartners got the opportunity to share their Sparks! What gets them out of bed in the morning, full of excitement?
Rekindling Our Spark Conversation!
Odd Velvet by Mary E. Whitcomb
First graders started the month off with Odd Velvet, a girl who seems to have odd interests and hobbies. The other kids aren't sure what to think of her, not sure if they want to play with her or attend her birthday party. The students who decide to give Velvet a chance learn that her Spark is science and drawing. Velvet teaches them to draw and teaches them how to use their imaginations.
First graders are drawn to this story and enjoy learning about Velvet's sparks. This story is a great introduction into the conversation of each students' own spark. First Graders love to share what gets them out of bed, excited and ready for more!
How Full Is Your Bucket?
How Full Is Your Bucket For Kids? By Tom Rath and Mary Rechmeyer
Kindergartners and First Graders worked with their counselor at the end of the month on bucket filling. Students learned that everyone has an imaginary bucket and we either fill each other's buckets or we dip from them each day. Bucket Filling is when we do kind things for others, give compliments, invite others to play, Upstander Behaviors. Bucket Dipping is when we hurt others (intentionally or unintentionally): teasing, excluding, tattling on others.
Kindergartners and First Graders are going to work on being Bucket Fillers!