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!