Dear UAS Elementary Parents,
October is National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month, where across the world schools and communities spend an entire month of education and awareness activities. Our Elementary Counselors, Ms. Jen and Mr. Fields will be busy conducting lessons in your child’s classrooms, grades K2 – Grade 5 using the Bullying Prevention Unit through the Second Step program. The Second Step program teaches children important skills about getting along with others and doing well in school. It also helps our school to be a safe, respectful place where everyone can learn.
Bullying is unwanted, aggressive behavior among school aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance and the behavior is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time.
In order to be considered bullying, the behavior must be aggressive and include:
–An Imbalance of Power: Kids who bully use their power—such as age, size, physical strength, access to embarrassing information, or popularity—to control or harm others.
–Repetition: Bullying behaviors happen more than once or have the potential to happen more than once and the person it is happening to has not been able to get it to stop. It is unfair and one-sided.
In these Bullying Prevention lessons, your child will learn specific skills to help stop bullying.
Students will learn how to:
- Recognize when bullying is happening
- Report bullying to a caring adult
- Refuse to let bullying happen to themselves or others
- Be an Ally who stands up and is part of the solution of bullying
As parents, we need your help too! Get involved in making our school a safe and respectful place by letting us know if you hear about bullying at our school. Make sure your child knows to tell you or someone at school if he or she is being bullied. Ask your child how they can be an Ally at school and give your child the clear message that it is never okay to bully others. Mr. Fields and Ms. Jen will be in attendance at the Parent Coffee Morning on Oct. 11 to provide parents with a more in-depth overview of our Bullying Prevention curriculum and to answer any questions you may have.
We are excited to provide this important lesson to our students in the hopes that it will enrich our school community and make it a safer and more fun place to learn and grow. Please contact either Ms. Jen email@example.com or Mr. Fields firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any further questions.
Mr. Fields and Ms. Jen
UAS Elementary School Counselors