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Principal’s Message

Date: January 8, 2012 Author: admin Categories: Principals Message

Happy New Year, Welcome Back!
I am excited to begin 2012 with you! We have so much to be grateful for in our community, and I want to start the year by thanking you for the role you play in supporting your children—by organizing your lives and working together to create consistent, positive home environments.

Bullying at BA? Emotional Intelligence Matters
It’s hard to read anything about education that doesn’t suggest bullying is a serious problem in schools. Evidence suggests the best way to promote safe schools is through on-going, systematic, explicit teaching of social and emotional skills—called “social and emotional learning” (SEL). SEL leads to more positive student attitudes about themselves and others, decreased emotional distress and conduct problems, and as a bonus: significant academic gains. According to the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (, SEL includes “recognizing and managing our emotions, developing caring and concern for others, establishing positive relationships, making responsible decisions, and handling challenging situations constructively and ethically.”

Do you recognize these skills? They make up the Lifeskills curriculum at Brittan Acres, explicitly taught by our Friendship Counselor Karin Bloom, and reinforced by all our staff each day. But SEL doesn’t start and end at school—parents play an enormous role modeling and reinforcing social and emotional learning, whether they are aware of it or not.

A Must-Attend Brittan Acres Event 6:15 Wednesday, January 18: Raising Resilient Children in a Complex World: The Seven Life Skills Every Child Needs
The first in a three-part parent education series, our program January 18th focuses on the role families play in raising resilient children. You will learn particular ways to support the kinds of SEL that will one day result in happier, healthier, and more independent adults. To make it work for you, our PTA/Kellogg Foundation partnership will provide you free dinner, free childcare, and a free copy of Ellen Galinsky’s wonderful book, Mind in the Making. But you must sign up so we can be ready for you: click here to register.

I hope to see you there!

Best wishes,
John Triska