May P.R.I.D.E. Initiative
Mrs. Brittany Perry and the members of the student council have been spreading the message of Watson PRIDE for the last five months of the school year. Each month, the focus was directed to a different letter of PRIDE and the students learned about the word that corresponded with that letter. The focus for May was the letter E and the word empathy.
“[The students] went on the announcements, and they talked about what empathy means. Our focus was raising money for Riley Children’s Hospital. They taught the school that empathy means putting yourself into someone’s shoes, so we tied that into the collection. We did a week-wide collection for Riley Children’s Hospital, we raised $2,206.18. Our goal was $500. We’d beat our goal by day two. We really, really had a successful collection,” Mrs. Perry said.
The members of the student council worked really hard all year to educate the school about the word of the month each month. To celebrate their hard work spreading kindness, the cafeteria staff put together an end-of-the-year breakfast party.
“For our last student council meeting, we had a celebration breakfast. The kids just got to hang out and the cafeteria staff decorated the room. It was really nice. They felt really special. I’m so glad we got to have that for them because they worked hard this year,” Perry said.
Beginning the P.R.I.D.E. Initiative
Student Council has created the Watson P.R.I.D.E. Initiative to promote positivity and kindness within the building. The club sponsor, Mrs. Brittany Perry, explained more about the initiative.
“P.R.I.D.E. stands for positivity, respect, integrity, determination, and empathy. Basically, it’s a whole school initiative that we were trying to kick off and just promote some positivity this year, especially with everything that’s so different,” Perry said.
Each month, there is a school-wide focus on one letter of P.R.I.D.E. and the word that it represents. Positivity and respect have already had their month of focus, and students are currently focused on integrity.
“For positivity, the [students] went on the announcements and gave a positive quote of the day, and we decorated the school with posters around the school with a positive quote. For R, we focused on respect and we have a bulletin board that says ‘snow some respect.’ They made some snowflakes and then they gave a different way you can show some respect,” Perry said.
The month of February’s focus is integrity. The student council members are promoting integrity throughout the school and teaching other students what the word means.
“They’re trying to tell everybody that integrity is showing an act of kindness without getting something special like a special prize, just out of the goodness of your heart. They’re going on the announcements this week letting [other students] know what integrity is and then they are also giving an example of an act of kindness that you can do,” Perry said.
Along with the P.R.I.D.E. Initiative, Student Council is doing a kindness tree. The kindness tree is a display on the wall that will have hearts added to it when students are kind. The tree blossoms more and more with acts of kindness.
“During their indoor recess, anyone can fill out a heart and it has their name, their teacher’s name, and they can either draw for our younger kids or they can write what they did that was kind. We’re going to display it on a big tree,” Perry said.
Valentine’s Day Parties
Students were able to celebrate Valentine’s Day with their classmates. All classes held parties in which students decorated ‘mailboxes’ and brought in valentines to deliver to their classmates. The students also got to play Valentine’s Day-related games and make crafts as well.
100th Day of School
Kindergarten students dressed up like they were 100 years old in order to celebrate the 100th day of school. Centers were focused mainly on counting to 100 in various ways. Students learned how to count to 100 by ones, fives and tens, and the centers highlighted these skills.
Watson Elementary School was awarded the Superintendent’s Cup on Thursday, September 24. This award is given to the elementary school with the highest percentage of summer readers. The students got to choose a book for Superintendent Dr. Veracco to record himself reading, and they chose “Walter the Farting Dog.” This award showcases the hard work Librarian Ms. Toczek and Watson students put into their reading.
The week of September 25th was spirit week and students dressed up to show their school spirit. The days were as follows: Pajama Day, Tie Dye Day, Wacky Wednesday, 80s Day, and School Spirit Day.
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