Westview Elementary

Dear Parents,

Again this year we will be using a curriculum called Second Step to help us think about, develop, and practice positive social skills. Research tells us that children who learn appropriate social skills and then use the skills are more likely to get along with others and do well in school.

The Westview staff will continue to assist the students to:
G: Get Ready to Learn
R: Respect Me, Respect You
E: Everyday My Best
E: Excellent Choices
N: Notice Good Deeds

You will find our pledge posted in various locations throughout the building. The Second Step program takes this one step further. Students will have lessons that teach empathy,
impulse control & problem solving, and anger management.

Empathy
Empathy means identifying and understanding others’ feelings in order to be a more caring person. Caring about others gives us a reason to want to solve problems so that others are not hurt.

Impulse Control and Problem Solving
Managing emotions can be challenging. Most students could benefit by learning to slow down and think through options when faced with difficult situations or problems. We will teach
students a five step process to solve problems:
1. What is the problem?
2. What are some solutions?
3. For each solution, ask: Is it safe? How might people feel? Is it fair? Will it work?
4. Choose a solution and use it.
5. Is it working? If not, what can I do now?

Anger Management
Students will learn that conflicts are a normal part of life. Everyone gets angry at times. Anger is not a bad emotion, but what a person does when angry can be a problem. Students will be taught what to do when they are angry.
1. How does my body feel?
2. Calm down. Take three deep breaths. Count backward slowly. Think nice thoughts. Talk to yourself (tell yourself to calm down).
3. Think out loud to solve the problem (using the problem solving steps).
Think about it later.

In addition to the skills above, students in grades 3 and 4 will also have lessons from a program called Steps to Respect. The lessons are from the unit Bullying Prevention

We know that you will want to join us in helping students develop these skills by reinforcing some of them at home when appropriate. Thank you for everything you do to make Westview a great place.

A reminder that you can access Richmond Community School board minutes, up-to-date information about Richmond Community Schools, and information about Westview Elementary and other schools in the district by visiting our web site at www.rcs.k12.in.us

You can also access our ISTEP+ data by visiting the Indiana Department of Education web site at www.doe.state.in.us

Instructional time is valuable. We ask that you make any needed arrangements for after-school pick-up before your child leaves in the morning. We do not want to interrupt learning unless it is an emergency.

Tammy Rhoades, Principal
 

A few general reminders about procedural items.

Students need to be in class and ready to begin their daily activities at 7:50. Our dismissal time is 2:40 on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. We dismiss at 1:40 on Tuesday. We need for all our students to be here daily and on time. Attendance is a priority at Westview. Please schedule all appointments after school hours.  

Please remember to drive safely especially during drop off and pick up times. We have many wonderful kids and we need your support to help keep our school safe. If you are in a hurry and do not have time to wait, I suggest that you do not pull into the circle drive. There are alternative drop-off locations available; these options include dropping off your child at the corner or on one of the side streets. If you need to come into the building to talk with one of us, please park your car in a parking spot.  

         When we have a two-hour delay, school will start at 9:50. Breakfast is not served when we are on a two-hour delay. You can access school closings/delays by going to the Richmond Community Schools web site, listening to the radio, or watching television.