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Red Ribbon Week
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The October 2017 theme is "CELEBRATE KINDNESS, MANNERS & GOOD CHOICES"
 
KENSINGTON RED RIBBON WEEK DAYS
  • Monday (10/23): Red Ribbon Day- wear something red 
  • Tuesday (10/24): Caring/Kindness Day- wear something blue
  • Wednesday (10/25): Respect Day- wear your best outfit
  • Thursday (10/26): Responsibility Day- do something responsible at home or school (and feel good about it). Students make the choice to compliment someone or write a thank you card to express gratitude to others.
  • Friday (10/27): Good Manners Show Respect to Others Day- wear Rocky River colors to show Kensington Pirate Pride. Students work to show kindness and respect to others at Kensington.  
Students of the Month
Students of the MonthWe are so excited to celebrate our Students of the Month! Dedication to learning through positive attitude, helping others, positive leadership, good manners and work improvement is important!
KIS Events and Activities
Coffee Talks

 

All parents are welcome, Kindergarten- 5th grade for the 2017-2018 School Year!

 

The Coffee Talks for Kensington Parents will be held at Goldwood on

September 14th @ 9:30 am
October 12th @ 9:30 am
November 16th @ 9:30 am
 
We will read The "Me, Me, Me" Epidemic: A Step-by-Step Guide to Raising Capable, Grateful Kids in an Over-Entitled World  by Amy McCready and use exerpts from Wonder  by RJ Palacio.
 
                        The Coffee Talks for All Parents will be held at RRHS on
February 22
March 22 


 We will read  The Price of Privilege: How Parental Pressure and Material Advantage Are Creating a Generation of Disconnected and Unhappy Kids by Madeline Levine.
 


                              

If you are always rushing on to the next moment, what happens to the one you are in?

        -Anonymous 
Talking To Your Children About the School Day
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It's so important to help kids maintain a positive frame of mind when they make a transition. Parents can do this at the start of the school year by asking questions about their child's school day. When questions are framed positively, kids often respond positively, creating a positive mental framework of the school day and school, itself. Here are a few sample questions: 
  1. What made you smile today?
  2. Tell me something that you did today that made you happy.
  3. How did you help a friend/ your teacher today?
  4. Tell me one thing that you really worked hard on today.
  5. We all make mistakes. Tell me one thing that you learned from a mistake today.
  6. What did you play at recess?


  
Mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way, on purpose, in the present moment, non-judgmentally.
 
-Jon Kabat Zinn 
Summer
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Summer can be a great time to expand student learning. Here are a few ideas:
  • Create a fort or quiet space for reading
  • Find math opportunities in creating change for lemonade stands or measuring ingredients for a special recipe that you create together
  • Explore the science in nature- it's amazing that we have a park system so close to our community!
  • Find social connections through free play with kids in the neighborhood. Often, our lives are so scheduled that children may not have the opportunity to make up games together and figure out how to create "rules" that work for everyone involved
  • Provide maps for children on trips
  • Have your children help you find museums, parks and activities that expand their understanding of the world around them
  • Use sidewalk chalk to create a beautiful masterpiece on the sidewalk
  • Listen to music together
  • Encourage your children to write their own short story (complete with illustrations)
  • Enjoy the beautiful sunshine and the time together!
Kensington Counseling
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Please check out Kensington Counseling Lessons, Groups and Activities!
 
 
 Classroom Lessons:
 
Grade 3:
  • Climate and Getting Along with Others
  • Study Skills and Growth Mindset
  • Personal Safety
  • Self-Awareness of Personal Interests 
Grade 4:
  • Classmates as Teammates
  • Stop Bullying Now & Safety
  • Persistence and Worry
  • Personal Interest & Ability 
Grade 5: 
  • Positive Youth Development & Safety
  • Being the Best Student I Can Be
  • Feelings: Anger & Conflict
  • Interests, Abilities & Choices 
Lunch Bunch Groups enhance and encourage positive interpersonal interaction. Students may also receive individual support. Programs promote school and district-wide Counseling Department objectives.
 
Homework
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  1.  Make sure you have a designated homework spot (but remember that some students like to work at a desk or table, while others focus better standing up or even working on the floor)
  2. Be positive when talking about homework ("I know you can do it!")
  3. Make sure you encourage good work, but resist the urge to complete the work for your child, especially if they are struggling. Teachers need to see mistakes that children make while completing homework. If you view it as "practice," it makes more sense. 
  4. Make sure you communicate with your child's teacher about questions, concerns and positives that you notice.
Respect, Manners, Kindness and Good Choices
Please and Thank You imageOur Kensington Counseling theme for 2017-2018 will be Respect.  We will create fun lessons and activities that promote good manners, kindness to others and positive choices! 
HELPLINES & RESOURCES
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HELPLINES  & RESOURCES
 
Front Line (formerly Mobile Crisis)- 216.623.6888
Emergency- 911
Cuyahoga County Child Abuse Hotline- 216-696-KIDS (5437) 
Rocky River Police Department (non-emergency line)- 440.331.1234 
United Way First Call for Help- 211
Rocky River Assistance Program- 216.556.5887
Alcohol, Drug Addiction & Mental Health Services Board of Cuyahoga County- 216.241.3400