Friday, February 24, 2017

#Kindness Campaign- Part 4

Week 4- Kindness Campaign

Our heart is almost full of student thumbprints!  So many kind acts have been recognized and celebrated at Windsor school during February.  We couldn’t be more proud of our kind Wildcats!  We hope that this month has inspired and motivated our students to continue to show acts of kindness throughout the year.  If you are in the building, don’t forget to check out our heart on the courtyard doors. In fact, we are enjoying the #Kindnesscampaign that we will continue it until Spring Break.
It would be great if families could further pursue acts of kindness with your children.  There are several websites listed below that you can look into for ideas that you can with your children to spread kindness:

Friday, February 17, 2017

#kindnesscampaign Part 3-

This is the third week of the #KindnessCampaign and students continue to enjoy putting their thumbprints on our Kindness Window.  Students in all grade levels are saying kind comments to their peers and doing nice things for each other. Some classes are doing a 30 day challenge in their classroom. Others are reinforcing the concepts of kindness in different ways.

Author Molly Larkin writes this about kindness in a  2015 blog post. 
Research shows that repeated acts of kindness:
  1. Makes you happier.
  2. Improves your immune system and health.
  3. Lowers the rate of depression .
  4. Makes you feel more creative.
  5. Causes employees to want to work harder for employers.
  6. Increases the endogenous opioids in the brain, giving us a natural high.
  7. Create the feeling of “emotional warmth,” producing the hormone oxytocin which in turn helps reduce blood pressure and protects the heart.

“A warm smile is the universal language of kindness.” William Arthur Ward.



Kindness and compassion go hand in hand. We live a wonderful community that is compassionate and supportive of others.  We continue to work on instilling kindness and compassion with our students every day!  Check out the sidewalk kindness art work on Miner. 

Thursday, February 9, 2017

#KindnessCampaign Part 2

Kindness abounds at Windsor School!

Happy Valentine’s Day to all of the Windsor Community!                                       
Last week you read all about Windsor’s Kindness Campaign and I am happy to announce that our heart on our courtyard doors is filling up with so many "heartprints" (thumbprints)!!!  So many kind deeds have been taking place at Windsor School.  Many students have visited the office to tell their stories about how they were caught being kind.  It is so fun to hear the stories, and see the pride the students demonstrate as they know that they made someone's day. Of course, this impacts the student or staff member who received the random act of kindness!

Next week Windsor staff will also be participating in a kind act by making a donation to Arlington Cares, a not-for-profit corporation that supports families in crisis in Arlington Heights.  Staff will be wearing jeans each day next week to show their support for our community.  Please check out this link for more information.

Friday, February 3, 2017

February 2017 Kindness Campaign #Windsorcelebrateskindness

Last year we started what we hoped to be an annual event, our Kindness Campaign. So many students were able to paint their name on our front windows for all to see that they had completed a random act of kindness at home or at school. It really made everyone feel wonderful. 
Image resultThis year, our Kindness Campaign is a bit different. We kicked off the event by having Mrs. McCune read Heartprints by P.K. Hallinan. The book's message leaves us wondering how many heartprints will YOU leave today. P.K. Hallinan defines a heartprint as "the impression left behind by a deliberate act of kindness." Everyone benefits when we receive or give an act of kindnessWe are hoping to hear about and see students being kind at school independently. Classroom teachers have a variety of kindness challenges that students can try. When an act kindness is seen, students either individually or as a classroom will put their thumbprint (a heartprint) on the windows.   We look forward to seeing how our heartprints spread across our Windsor community.  We have also added KINDNESS MATTERS banners throughout the building. Next time you are visiting, see if you can spot one.  It is these activities, that remind us, any act of kindness is a nice act. It makes someones day. Whether it is a smile, a pat on the back or helping someone carry items, it makes us feel happy, gives us a sense of belonging and it makes us feel important.  Windsor School celebrates kindness all year round, but especially in the month of February this year, we want recognize those those heartprints!  








Friday, January 27, 2017

Global Play Day 2017


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On Wednesday February 1st, classrooms at Windsor will be participating in Global School Play Day!  Countries and schools from all over the world come together on this one day to celebrate the necessity of unstructured play in our students’ lives at school.  Research shows that unstructured play has a positive influence on:

  • physical and mental health
  • language development
  • problem solving
  • risk management
  • independent learning skills
  • academic skills
  • classroom behavior
  • healthy emotional attitudes
  • better adjustment to school life

On this day some of the teachers may be asking students to bring in toys/games, no electronics please, to play.  Check your teacher’s newsletter for more information.
Teachers will also be checking out toys from our Maker Space, some of the exciting games are; Legos, K’Nex, Lincoln Logs, and Strawbees.


For further information about Global School Play Day, check out: http://www.globalschoolplayday.com/

Friday, January 20, 2017

January Worthy Wildcats/Wildcat GO

Congrats to the following students for demonstrating the Wildcat Way in a variety of ways. Each of the students was recognized by their peers.  This month students were seen making sure all of our friends are included, consistently being polite and caring, giving up a personal choice to make another happy, standing up for a friend, helping a peer carry all their belongings up the stairs, and helping with translation! Well done to Emilia W. in Kindergarten, Allison K. in first grade, second grader, Frannie O'G., third grader Brynn H., fourth grader, Cameron Rose H. and finally fifth grader Cameron A.

Brynn

Cameron Rose 

Cameron 

Emilia 

Allison 
Frannie 

Wildcat GO- Every few months, our Windsor school-wide staff Behavior Committee develops a "booster" to remind the students about the Wildcat Way expectations. The summer craze of "Pokemon Go" had us all thinking about how could we do a Windsor GO- to have our students have some fun while thinking about our Wildcat Way expectations! This month our students walked around the school to find the Wildcat GO "pokemon".  Fifth grade students developed their own characters and hung them in various places where we have Wildcat Way Expectations. For example the hallways, outside the bathrooms, lunchroom. When the students discovered the Windsor "pokemon", they clicked on the QR code with an iPad.  Our student council had recorded the expectations and the students were delighted that they found one!  It was a creative and clever way to have our students be reminded about our expectations.  Some of the Windsor "pokemon" can be seen below. We are delighted that our students know that it is so important to be Kind, Safe and Responsible as We are Important!  Our committee is now working on a February project about kindness.  Watch this space.


Thursday, January 12, 2017

Winter Blues Got You Down?



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Winter blues got you down?   

Winter can be a hard season for so many reasons.  The excitement of the holidays and winter break are over. It is cold, dark and dreary most days.  It is hard to get the motivation to go outside when it is so cold.  Not only do we struggle as adults, but our children do as well.  There are many assessments scheduled during the winter months, which require children to sit for longer periods of time than normal.  When the weather is harsh outside, the children have to stay inside for recess.  Physical activity is so important for us all, but especially important for the children. There is a multitude of research that describes the physical and emotional benefits of fresh air and exercise.

Unfortunately, it seems we have been indoors, more often than not for recess at school. We try to have physical activities for the children, but as we all know, we are currently limited with our space.  We are hoping the weather will be better next week, but just in case, here are some ideas on how to beat the winter blues.

Our park districts can be such good resources for us during this time of the year.  They offer many different types of programming for children, even on days off from school.  The library has many activities available to the community for free.  There are ice rinks and sled hills in our local parks when weather permits.

Could one of our goals as parents be to get out and move with our children? It may be as simple as taking a long walk!  It would be great for all of us! The good news is the days ARE getting longer!

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