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Book of the month

In honor or Stress Awareness Day on 4/16 I will recommend one of my favorite stress management books for children which is David and the Worry Beast by Anne Marie Guanci. David’s anxiety is a beast, and the more anxious he gets, the bigger it grows. David learns to control his thoughts, and his beast shrinks. There’s also a couple of helpful resource pages for parents and kids in the back.

Knowledge is Power

National Autism Day is 4/2 and I encourage you to learn about this diagnosis. Thinking critically and carefully about someone that may have a disability is a crucial part of helping us understand our entire society and improve our relationships. The more knowledge you have about others the more accepting you will become.

Fact: Individuals with autism spectrum disorder may be very creative and find a passion and talent for music, theater, art, dance, and singing quite easily.

Helping students Practice Being Assertive Over Passive or Aggressive

Assertiveness is considered a central feature of effective social skills, especially when compared to two common types of responses to social conflict: passive and aggressive. Standing up for oneself increase confidence and overall self-esteem, ultimately contributing to stronger social relationships.

Key ingredients for expressing oneself assertively rather than passively or aggressively include staying calm but clear with a commanding voice (not yelling). You can practice this with your children at home through role-plays, coaching them to find that balance. Use their superpower of not punching right back. We need to teacher student how to stop and think before responding.

Some steps they can learn:

1. Stop: Take a deep breath to calm down before saying or doing anything.

2. Think: Count to 5 before responding. Think about how you feel and what you want to say.

3. Respond: Say calmly but clearly, "That really hurt. I'm not going to want to play with you if you hit me."

4. Remember: Remind them they can always speak up for themselves, got get help from and adult or get away from the situation that’s upsetting them.

 

Updates

ELPAC testing is almost complete. Let’s thank our team Teresa Suzuki and Laura Frausto in helping accomplish this Madison goal.

Our 5th graders enjoyed their walk to Hoover on 3/9. Visiting Hoover Middle School really helped our students see and experience day-to-day life in middle school. Thank you Hoover staff and students!

Big thanks to the RuMBa Foundations for approving Madison’s grant to purchase some much needed drums. Music teacher Ms. Riley and counselor have been providing drum therapy for student weekly. Learning how to play drums gives our students knowledge about an instrument and it provides them with life skills that improve their lives. Some of the main skills they are learning include time management, confidence, punctuality, patience, discipline, connecting, togetherness, belonging, sharing, closeness, and communication. It also helps reduce stress levels significantly.

For more information on how RuMBa Foundation supports our students in the area of art, please check their website.

https://therumbafoundation.org/

Quote of the Month

“If someone is inconsiderate or rude to you, risk telling them how it made you feel or that you didn’t appreciate being treated that way. If you tend to talk yourself out of anger by telling yourself that you don’t want to make waves, try telling yourself instead that it is okay to make waves sometimes and risk letting people know how you really feel.” ― Beverly Engel,