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Social and Emotional Learning (SEL)


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We are thankful that you are a part of our school community! The world is changing quickly and we want to do everything we can to help students be successful in school and life.

We are excited to tell you that we will be using a program called PurposeFull People this year. This program teaches skills that will help students be successful in school and in life.

We believe that students should have safe, predictable places to learn where they feel included. Students should have healthy and helpful connections with teachers and classmates. They should also experience learning that will help them tackle challenges inside and outside of school. PurposeFullPeople is more than a set of lessons - it is a partnership between schools and families to create a place where students feel like they belong and learn skills that will help them be the best they can be!

Purposefull People has three main goals for students: Be Kind, Be Strong, and Be Well.

  • Be Kind: Social skills like listening, friendship, solving conflicts, and leadership.
    • These skills are taught alongside Empathy, Respect, & Cooperation
  • Be Strong: Executive Functioning Skills that help students focus, stay organized, and set goals.
    • These skills are taught alongside Responsibility, Courage, & Perseverance
  • Be Well: Emotion Management Skills that help students handle their emotions and deal with stress.
    • These skills are taught alongside Gratitude, Honesty, & Creativity

This year, you’ll be invited to join the fun! We will send letters home about the skills and strengths being taught each month. Each letter will include some ways to build these skills at home, discussion starters, and fun challenges you can try with your family.

The path forward is full of growth! We cannot wait to partner with you in this work…

  • To teach students how to build strong friendships
  • To work together to solve problems, big and small
  • To grow skills for life
  • To become PurposeFull People

Monthly Newsletters


PurposeFull People Newsletters

Families are sent monthly Purposefull People Newsletters by the School Counselor. The newsletter includes descriptions of what what the student is learning and fun ways the family can practice the the character trait at home. Each newsletter will include the following:

  • Overview of the featured character trait
  • Grade-level-specific information about what the child is learning
  • Conversation starters for parents to engage in meaningful discussions with their child
  • Weekly family challenges, or "pursuits," to strengthen family connections and practice classroom-taught skills

Character + Skills + Positive learner

What does the research say about learning Character skills?

Studies have shown many benefits from learning skills for life success. Benefits from experiencing a program like ours increased:

  • Academic performance
  • Focus & engagement in the classroom
  • Sense of belonging & safety at school
  • Skills that promote social skills & positive character traits
  • Probability of success in the workforce as an adult

(Bywater & Sharples, 2012; Corrales et al., 2016; Lei et al., 2018)

Character & SEL Monthly Focus Topics

  • Respect Definition
    September Focus- Respect & Social skills
  • Responsibility Definition
    October Focus- Responsibility & Executive Functioning Skills
  • Gratitude Definition
    November/December Focus- Gratitude & Emotion Management Skills
  • Empathy Definition
    January Focus- Empathy & Social Skills
  • Perseverance Definition
    February Focus- Perseverance & Executive Functioning
  • Honesty Definition
    March Focus- Honesty & Emotion Management
  • Cooperation Definition
    April Focus- Cooperation & Social Skills
  • Courage Definition
    May Focus- Courage & Executive Functioning
  • Kindness Definition
    Beginning/End of Year Focus- Kindness