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 2019 – Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Initiative
At the 2019 Auction, nearly $60,000 was raised to support social emotional learning programs for children and families! The goal is to create an environment where all children feel safe, valued and are ready to learn. To accomplish this, a program will be developed including in-school programs and family events.
What is Social Emotional Learning (SEL)?
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 (SEL) 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:
- Input from teachers received at an all-staff meeting in May
- Input from parents received at an evening input session in May
- 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 and Andrea Jones.
- August 2019 Mindful Education Workshop 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.
- Mission Be Classroom Visits – beginning September 10 Mission Be will be visiting every class once every other week for two months. In this program students will be learning mindfulness skills to reduce stress, regulate emotions, improve attention, improve empathy, reacting vs. responding, improve school climate and so much more.
- September 9 Spreading Kindness Assembly for Grades K-5 – In this program students will learn 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 will learn that bullying and being critical are not the best way to make friends. Spreading Kindness involves helping, sharing, listening, and teaching.
- October 15 Teen Truth Assembly for Grades 6-8 – This assembly gives students a voice and empowers them to be the difference on campus. How to build connections, stop bullying, foster a safe school culture, acceptance and so much more. In addition to the assembly we will have Teen Truths Rising Up program. This program will coach a number of 8th grade students to become mentors for their peers and continue the peer-to-peer curriculum to help students with social-emotional skills needed to thrive in the real world.
Check back soon for updates!
Mindful Parent Workshop
Our first Social Emotion Learning Inititative 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.