Students at The Rhoades School are participating in “Start With Hello Week” from Monday, October 1 through Friday, October 5. Start With Hello Week is a program created by Sandy Hook Promise – a national nonprofit organization founded and led by several family members whose loved ones were killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School on Dec. 14, 2012. The goal of the Start With Hello Week program is to enable students to make a difference with their peers in a simple, fun and impactful way by encouraging them to take small but powerful actions to promote connectedness and inclusion, and to identify and help others who are showing signs of social isolation.
Throughout the week, students are taking part in activities to help promote a culture of inclusion at The Rhoades School. They began their participation in Start With Hello Week by reading and discussing literature around the theme of inclusivity. Spanish teachers are teaching students how to say “hello” in many languages. Students are writing encouraging thoughts on paper “leaves” to be placed on a large “tree” planted at the school.
On Wednesday, October 3, our students were featured on KFMB-TV (CBS 8) to share our participation in the Start with Hello Week. Links to coverage are below:
- Robotics Program and friendship robots
- Four Steps of Friendship
- Singing about Friendship
- Showing School Spirit
Students will take part in a “mix-it-up” day on October 3 as well, during which they will eat lunch with schoolmates outside their usual group of friends and will discuss prompts written by middle school students in the school’s Girl Rising Club.
On Thursday, students will take part in a community-building, multicultural appreciation experience as they watch an African drum and dance troupe perform in the auditorium.
The week will conclude with a spirit day on October 5, during which students will proudly sport The Rhoades School colors to represent their unified purpose to love and support one another.