Mr. Frumovitz' Newsletter
September 4, 2019
Dear Solana Santa Fe Families,
As our school continues to develop our capacity to provide meaningful and effective Social and Emotional Learning opportunities, our entire staff is engaged in a “Book Study” to enhance our ability to support the well-being of our students. The book is titled, All Learning is Social and Emotional and it is written by Nancy Frey, Douglas Fisher, and Dominique Smith. In order to align our families with the concepts we are developing in our teachers and staff members, it is my intent to share with you some of the ideas presented in this book over the course of the year.
In the first chapter, the authors share why a deliberate Social and Emotional Learning Program is essential for today’s students. The authors’ write, “worthwhile learning is understood to include mastery of social and emotional skills in addition to academic ones. Proponents of this wider view of learning believe explicit instruction focused on the social and emotional aspects of learning will result in improved academic learning.”
We agree with this sentiment. Learning requires students to be unburdened by distractions both physical and psychological. When children’s social and emotional well-being is compromised, so is their ability to focus on the many learning tasks that are presented to them throughout the day. It is our goal to be aware and in tune with each and every child’s social and emotional needs. By addressing these needs and supporting students when they are not feeling confident, comfortable, happy, etc., we are alleviating any roadblocks to learning and clearing the path for students to be able to engage in the curriculum. In short, a strong Social Emotional Learning Program has a direct link to a strong Academic Program.
As parents, it is our responsibility to be mindful of our children’s state of mind daily as well. If something is troubling your child before school or when he or she returns, we ask that you address it as well as communicate with your child’s teacher so she can also be cognizant of any stressors and can be prepared to provide support. When we communicate with one another about the needs of our students, they benefit in tremendous ways and feel supported by the important adults in their lives.
P.S. Please note: we will have a Community Meeting at SSF on September 24 from 6-9 PM to discuss the modernization project. We hope to see you there.Follow me on Twitter @PrincipalSSFLike us on Facebook - Solana Santa Fe Elementary