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Red Ribbon Week

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  • Monday (10/22): Red Ribbon Day- wear something red to celebrate making healthy choices and growing together 
  • Tuesday (10/23): Kindness Matters Day- wear something green
  • Wednesday (10/24): Making Healthy Choices is "No Sweat" Day- wear your favoirite sports, team, activity or hobby attire
  • Thursday (10/25): Grow Your Responsibility Day- Wear yellow to let your responsibility "shine." Write a thank you card to express gratitude to someone at home or school
  • Friday (10/26): School Spirit Day- wear Rocky River colors to show Kensington Pirate Pride. Students wear their best smiles to "grow" school spirit.

The Great Kindness Challenge

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Kensington 2019

The Great Kindness Challenge is January 28th through February 1st. We will celebrate acts of KINDNESS at Kensington!
  • Monday, January 28-  Students complete Student Kindness Checklists to kick of GKC (try to say "hi" to 5 people at school) 
  • Tuesday, January 29- Kindness Activity- Students draw or write acts of kindness on a hand to promote kindness at KIS
  • Wednesday, January 30- Classrooms choose a "Kind Word to Live By" as a class for their classrooms and write it on the board
  • Thursday, January 31- "Spread Kindness Like Confetti"- students receive a letter about kindness (smile at 5 people today)
  • Friday, February 1st- Students decorate doors with "Kind Hands"

Routines As Children Return to School

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It's time to head back to school!! Routines help to start the school feeling "ready to go," instead of "stressed out." Bedtime routines, waking up, choosing clothes, school route and storage location of back pack and shoes can be positive starting points!
Bedtime routines & Wake Up: It's easy to want to squeeze the last few minutes out of summer, but kids really need some time to adjust. Remember that kids need more than 8 hours of sleep, depending on their age. If your children have been going to bed two hours or more later than they typically would for school, try scaling back bedtime by 30 minutes to an hour each night. Have your children wake up at the time they normally would rise in the morning for school as "practice."
Choosing Clothes: Ask your kids to choose clothes the night before school to make mornings easier. Placing the clothing in an area that is easy for your child to access can really help the process. They may even enjoy putting "outfits" together! 
Getting to School: Practice the route to school together or walk to the bus stop together. It may be fun to play on the school playground as a reward!
 Backpacks and shoes: Good habits can make the school year easier! Work with your child to find a location for backpacks and shoes to be stored so they are easy to find in the morning. When students complete homework, put it in folders. Students create great habits when they place the folders in their backpacks as soon as the homework is finished.  
Mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way, on purpose, in the present moment, non-judgmentally.
-Jon Kabat Zinn 

Kensington Counseling

Rocky River Schools
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.

Mindful Mondays

Rocky River Schools



Relax and get ready for the day...


Please Join us on Mondays

 (all students welcome)
8:15 – 8:30 AM

In the Gym

 Starts 9/11/17

Speaking kindly

Image of tree growing from a seedling Our Kensington Counseling theme for 2018-2019 will be kindness and respect for others.  We are using the quote, "If speaking kindly to others helps plants grow, imagine what speaking kindly to humans can do." -unknown


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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 

Kindness Plants

Kensington classes are taking part in a project! Classes are using the concept: "If speaking kindly to plants helps them grow, imagine what speaking kindly to humans can do!"
Each class has been given a plant. They must care for it, name it, water it and speak kind words to the plant each day! Students have been asked to spread that kindness to classmates and schoolmates, as well, by saying kind words to students.   
Our class plants serve as a reminder to spread kindness through Kensington! 
Please take a look at Gucci, Mrs. Standring's class plant. Gucci has toys, an umbrella and friends surrounding him (her?).  What a lucky plant! What a great class!!