Students at The Rhoades School are participating in “Start With Hello” Week from Monday, September 23-27. 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. At The Rhoades School, we participate in Start with Week because it is an opportunity for us to highlight how important it is for students to feel included, known, and understood in their school community.
Head of School, Dr. McDuffie, and several of our Grade 1 students, were featured on KUSI on September 21 to kick off the week. Watch the segment here.
Throughout the week, students on both campuses are taking part in activities to help promote a culture of inclusion at The Rhoades School.
This week is special because our students will participate in various activities including:
- Creating art and writing poetry about friendship and inclusivity
- Reading literature around the theme of inclusivity
- Teaching will learn how to say hello in various languages
- Meeting up with “Buddies” – a program that pairs LS and MS students together
- Writing encouraging thoughts about friendship and community and placing it on a tree in our school courtyard.
- Participating in “Mix It Up Day” at lunch where they sit with new friends that they don’t usually sit with at lunch. During this time, the students use prompts that help them break the ice and get to know others.
The week will conclude with a spirit day on Friday, September 27, to bring our students together for a unified purpose.