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Posted 01/31/2020 03:00PM

Cornerstone Corner

MARCH 2020

This month's book is Enemy Pie by Derek Munson. Enemy Pie emphasizes the importance of taking time to learn about people before passing judgment. The summer had seemed perfect until Jeremy Ross moved into the neighborhood, quickly becoming "enemy number one". Jeremy teased and made fun of the narrator and the narrator "took the bait." The narrator talked to his father, a caring adult in his life. His dad offered to help with a recipe for enemy pie! The chief ingredient in enemy pie was time spent in the company of "the enemy". Thanks to Dad's special recipe, Jeremy and the narrator discover they have a lot in common and become friends.


This month's ABC book: "Long Shot—Never Too Small to Dream Big" by Chris Paul is an autobiography of an NBA All-Star. As a child, he is one of the shortest players on his basketball team, but with hard work, determination, and the support of his family he is able to realize his dreams.


This Month's Book: Today I Feel Silly by Jamie Lee Curtis

This book teaches students to identify emotions; their own and to understand how another person may be feeling. Learning to identify feelings is important because it is one of the first steps to becoming a bucket filler. Bucket fillers express empathy for others.


This Month's Book: The Day You Begin by Jacqueline Woodson

This book provides opportunities for conversations around tolerance and acceptance of others. It also makes us aware about the importance of creating a caring school climate where everyone feels they belong. The goal was to help the students embrace and nurture each individual for who they are and to practice inclusive behaviors to create a caring school climate.



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This month's ABC book: "Simon's Hook" by Karen Burnett is a colorful story that compares teases to fishing hooks and tells the tale of how the fish learned not to bite.

Goals of lesson:

Help students feel empowered and in control of their responses to hurtful teases and put-downs.

 Have students learn and practice specific language and techniques to allow them to swim free.

Please ask your child about the 5 strategies that Simon's neighbor, Grandma Rose, offers to help Simon avoid taking the bait:

 Do little or nothing—don't react!

 Pretend to agree with the hook.

 Change the subject to distract the bully.

 Laugh at the hook and make a joke of it.

 Stay away from the hooks and swim in another part of the sea.

As caring adults in the lives of youth, we can help develop and nurture skills to navigate the rough patches in life. Our ultimate goal is for youth to be able to handle these bumps and ruts on their own!

When you "catch" kids modeling positive behaviors...Notice, Name it, and Celebrate it!


This month's ABC book: "Have You Filled a Bucket Today" by Carol McCloud is about expressing daily kindness and appreciation to others.

Goals of lesson:

• Teach students the 3 laws of bucket filling:

o Be a bucket filler.

o Don't dip.

o Use your lid.

Empower students to intentionally fill their own buckets and the buckets of others with good feelings (warm fuzzies).

After your child has had the lesson in class, ask your child to tell you more about:

• Warm fuzzies-What are they?

• Bucket fillers-How can you fill your own bucket and the buckets of others?

• Bucket dippers-How can you keep a lid on your bucket and how can you help bucket dippers fill their bucket?

When you "catch" kids modeling positive behaviors...Notice, Name it, and Celebrate it!

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