What is Fund-A-Need?
In the months leading up to the annual auction, PTO collaborates with school administration and teachers to determine, “What do you dream of for our students, where additional funding could make that dream a reality?”
Through the support of our school community, that dream becomes our students’ reality! Each year at the annual auction, auction attendees raise their paddles in support of Fund A Need. School community members who don’t attend the auction are also invited to join in and financially support the Fund-A-Need.
Fund A Need appeals of the past have included: Social Emotional Learning (2019), Student Wellness (2018), iPads, Chromebooks, Instructional Assistants, and Classroom Projection Systems.
Fund-A-Need 2020 – Continuing Social Emotional Learning Initiative
At the 2020 Auction, nearly $50,000 was raised to continue our path in social emotional learning programs for children and families! We started the momentum and now, it’s time to build on what we started. We will bring a comprehensive social-emotional learning strategy that is catered to and works with each student, in every grade, with every teacher, and in every classroom. The goal is to create an environment where all children feel safe, valued, happy with themselves and are ready to learn. To accomplish this, a program will be developed including in-school programs for students and staff and parent education.
What is Social Emotional Learning?
Social Emotional instruction teaches our children how to manage their feelings, how to respect themselves and others, and how to develop problem solving skills in order to make educated decisions when it comes to conflict resolution. These aren’t just great life skills, social-emotional learning is proven to increase grades and test scores.1 Higher social emotional competency increases high school graduation rates, postsecondary completion, employment rates, and average wages.2
What will Social Emotional Learning look like at Roy Cloud?
Our social emotional learning program will be implemented through partnerships with outside vendors and programs and through teacher and parent training. The program will be developed based on:
- Todd Armstrong a SEL expert (with EQ’s Vehicle) will create a comprehensive SEL integration strategy (phase 1), sourcing input from the Cloud community, including teachers, students, parents and administration. They will study the existing SEL curriculum and consult with folks at Cloud to arrive at/develop a high-level of scope and sequence included in the integration strategy.
- Analysis and research by a committee including Roy Cloud interested parents, teachers and administrators
- For questions or for more information, please email coordinators Veronica Spencer-Palmer
2019-2020 Social and Emotional Learning Programs
- Our first Social and Emotion Learning Initiative parent event was held on March 7, 2019 and included guest speaker Carin Winter from Mission Be, Mindful Education. The workshop gave parents the tools to support their children in learning how to develop self-regulation and coping skills to manage stress. If you missed this event, here is the information.
- Before school started, teachers attended the workshop, Mindful Education, with Mission Be. In this program teachers were shown the curriculum modules on mindfulness and the brain, mindful communication, reacting vs. responding, empathy, gratitude, and facilitation and class management skills.
- Beginning September 10 Mission Be began visiting every class once every other week for two months. In this program students learned mindfulness skills to reduce stress, regulate emotions, improve attention, improve empathy, reacting vs. responding, improve school climate and so much more.
- On September 9th, our K- 5th students attended the assembly Spreading Kindness. In this program students learned to make being kind a priority for their lives. That one small act of kindness, an encouraging word or a smile can change someone’s attitude for the entire day. They learned that bullying and being critical are not the best ways to make friends. Spreading Kindness involves helping, sharing, listening, and teaching.
- On October 15th, the 6 – 8th students attended the assembly Teen Truth. This assembly is aimed at giving students a voice and empowering them to be the difference on campus. How to build connections, stop bullying, foster a safe school culture, practice acceptance and so much more. In addition to the assembly was the Teen Truths Rising Up program. This program coaches a number of 8th grade students to become mentors for their peers and continues the peer-to-peer curriculum to help students with the social-emotional skills needed to thrive in the real world.
- In December a group of 8th grade students were chosen to be in the Rising Up program brought to us by Teen Truth. This group of students will bring SEL curriculum to 6th grade classes on a monthly basis. They will help teach lessons, create connections, foster a community and be the peer facilitators or “go to” students for our middle school.
- Mission Be will continue their programs in the springs for two months every other week in every class.
*** Due to the shelter in place we are working on how to implement SEL for the remainder of the year. Currently Mission Be is continuing work with our students online. Please see below:
From Mission Be, the organization that has been providing mindfulness lessons to our students as part of our PTO-funded Social Emotional Learning program:
- Daily Facebook Live Classes: Short Mindfulness Practice Daily at 12 pm EST and 9:00 am PST, Monday through Friday, All ages welcome.
- Weekly Mindful Monday Zoom Call Content: At 1pm EST and 10am PST every Monday!All ages welcome.
- Youtube Videos to watch at your own pace anytime of Mission Be’s guided mindfulness practices and visualizations. All ages welcome.