Hello Families and Fans of CEC Windsor!
As we approach the bullying unit in our social-emotional learning curriculum in Elevate Classes, I encourage you to read this week’s Counseling Corner with your child. I want to talk about our school’s culture. All students at CECW are valued. We promote a happy, healthy, and safe environment that celebrates each students’ unique contribution to our community. Every student regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation, disability, age, family status, and political belief deserves to be treated with dignity and respect. We celebrate our diversity! After all, how would a football team do with a field full of quarterbacks, no linesmen, or receivers? How about a softball team with only right fielders? Boring to say the least, right?
Students in middle school are seeking to define who they are. It’s a process that continues throughout middle school and into high school. Sometimes in trying to define and test their new identities, there may be comments or actions that make others feel “less than.” Even if they didn’t mean it that way or say it as a joke, it is how the other perceives it that matters. Repeated comments and actions can easily become bullying and make the other feel bad about themselves. This affects our whole community in a negative way.
As a parent or guardian, you are the #1 builder of your child’s self-esteem and sense of self. You can help them learn to love the uniqueness in their peers and accept those from diverse backgrounds and life experiences. If your child shares with you that they are feeling “less than” by the comments or actions of others, please have them come see me or feel free to contact me anytime if you have concerns.
Have a great weekend!