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September 13, 2019
Kindness. A word we hopefully hear all the time, but perhaps we do not think frequently about how much power kindness can hold.
Kindness is our core value for the month of September. In morning announcements, morning meetings, learning buddy time, and school meetings, we are focusing on what kindness is, how to be kind in ways big and small, what we are doing at Ray to show kindness, and how kindness makes us feel.
In Mrs. Monmaney’s fourth grade classroom, students watched a video about random acts of kindness. They were asked to discuss the body language of people before receiving a random act of kindness, during the act, and after. One pair of students insightfully shared that during a random act of kindness, some people in the video looked shocked or confused. They went on to say that people should not be shocked when something kind is done for them. Kindness should not be confusing or shocking, it should be the norm! Why? Because after every act of kindness in the video, the person looked joyful and went on to share kindness with another person. Additionally, the people that did a random act of kindness looked happier after, too.
This Friday and last Friday, students attended a welcome back gathering. Last week, our kindergarten, first, and second grade students joined together in the gym. This week, our third, fourth, and fifth graders gathered in the music room. During both school meetings, students discussed kindnesses they experienced at school and things they planned to do to be kind to others.
I hope that some of the ideas about kindness are shared with you at home. As fourth graders said, shouldn’t kindness be what we practice, see, and feel everyday?
We will continue this month and throughout the year in the spirit of kindness. Have a wonderful weekend.