Social-Emotional Learning at SFES

     Social-Emotional learning this year will be based on the book Only One You by Linda Kranz.



    “Always be on the lookout for a new friend.”

                Classroom Guidance will focus on creating community.  We will discuss how students can use the Buddy Bench to make new friends.  All new students will meet the counselor in small groups.


    “Know when to speak.  Know when to listen.”

                Classroom guidance will focus on self-regulation skills.  We’ll continue using the Zones of Regulation as a framework.  We will emphasize that there are no “bad” emotions; it’s how we handle our emotions that produces positive or negative consequences.


    “Set aside quiet time to relax and reflect every day.”

                Classroom guidance will focus on mindfulness and teaching students about their “upstairs/downstairs” brain.  Mindfulness is a way to keep our “upstairs” or “thinking” brain in control so that we can make positive choices. 


    “If something gets in your way, move around it.”

                   Classroom guidance will focus on problem solving, and matching size of problem and reaction.  Students are taught to identify the size of their problem as a tool for de-escalation. 


    “If you make a wrong turn, circle back.”

                Classroom guidance will focus on growth mindset and value in mistakes.  We will learn about neuroplasticity, the ability of the brain to change and grow as we try new things.


    “Make wishes on stars in the nighttime sky.”

                Classroom guidance will focus on wishes for the future, specifically careers.  Our Career Days in March should coincide with these lessons.


    “Blend in when you need to.  Stand out when you have the chance.” 

                Classroom guidance will focus on being an upstander.  Students will be taught the definition of bullying as well as ways to safely stand up to bullies. 


    “Find your own way.  You don’t have the follow the crowd.”

                   Classroom guidance will focus on everyone’s uniqueness and the courage that it sometimes takes to be different from everyone else.


    “There’s only one you in this great big world.  Make it a better place.”

                    Final lessons of the year will focus on ways to help others and make our school and community a better place.