Dear Washington School Parents and Guardians,
On Friday, March 26, Washington School will be joining schools and other organizations around the world to celebrate International SEL Day. The acronym SEL stands for Social Emotional Learning.
Social and emotional learning (SEL) is the process through which children and adults acquire and effectively apply the knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary to understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions.
- Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL)
For the past several years, the social and emotional development of our students and staff has been an area of sustained focus at Washington School and throughout our district. We have dedicated a substantial amount of time and energy in an ongoing effort to foster and maintain a positive and productive environment for collaboration and learning.
At Washington School, we have a Professional Learning Community (PLC) that meets regularly to research successful SEL strategies and programs that we implement on a daily basis. Our Student Assistance Counselor, Ms. Emily Bregman, is the chairperson for this committee.
Recently, our Social Emotional Learning PLC put together an excellent slide presentation filled with engaging and rewarding SEL activities. We will be utilizing many of these in our school on International SEL Day. While listening to their presentation, it occurred to me that our Washington School families may enjoy participating in some of these activities at home.
You can access our International SEL Day slide presentation by simply clicking on this link: SEL Presentation
I hope you take advantage of these resources and enjoy some stress-relieving, social and emotional activities, both individually, as well as with your families.