Saint Anastasia Catholic School has adopted the RULER emotional intelligence program for the framework of the school's social emotional learning curriculum. All teachers and staff members go through extensive training to implement the RULER tools and philosophy. The following link provides detailed information about Yale's Center For Emotional Intelligence and the RULER program.
Meta MomentPosted by Tracy Mayhue at 1/14/2016Ever feel annoyed, irritated or stressed? Ever find yourself angry in a moment where you need to be your best self in order to be effective? "Red" feelings are normal and all people experience them from time-time. The Meta Moment is a process created for effectively managing the space in between an emotional trigger and response. That "space' between trigger and response can seem non-existent when tempers flare, or we are overwhelmed with the demands of a busy day. This research-based, six-step process provides the tools to expand that space and, over time, helps people respond to their emotions with their best selves in mindStudents are learning this six-step process over the next several weeks. As this learning process unfolds invite your student to teach you the Meta Moment steps. Possible questions to ask your child:
Further ways to connect:Early Primary (JK -2nd) When reading with your child, discuss the characters reactions to situations and each other. Describe the facial expressions and the way words are spoken. Reflect together on ways a Meta Moment could help a character respond more effectively.Primary (3-5) Movie night - when you and your children are watching a family favorite together, look at the interactions between characters, or choices characters make (good and bad). When a character's body language, speech tone and facial expression display a trigger moment, predict how you think that character will respond. (a good one to try: Inside Out)Jr. High (6-8) Potential moments to notice body language, facial expressions, ineffective vs. effective responses etc:While watching professional sports togetherDiscussing current eventsNoticing Spiritual leaders, positive change-makers and inspirational everyday people who display Meta Moment behavior in service of making a difference in our world. (How they overcome response immediacy in order to serve a long-term purpose or goal - and the role of trust.)
- Step 1: Describe Meta's facial expression when Something Happens (trigger). What clues in Meta's expression let you know how he's feeling?
- Step 2: Sense. Meta is illustrated with a brain, heart and flushed cheeks. What is going on in Meta's body?
- Step 3: Why does Meta have to Stop in step 3?
- Step 4: What does it mean to See Your Best Self in step 4?
- Step 5: When Meta Strategizes, why is he holding a tool box? Are all strategies helpful?
- Step 6: When Meta Succeeds, how does his face look? Is "responding effectively" the same thing as "it went the way I wanted?"
Grief Support ResourcesPosted by Tracy Mayhue at 11/16/2015
Dear St. A's Parents,
As we come together as a school family to support one another and our students, the Social Emotional Learning Committee has partnered with LMU to provide you with helpful grief resources during this difficult time.
Included below are links to documents and websites that come highly recommended by LMU, as well as resources from community partners who have stepped forward to show their support of our school. We are tremendously grateful for their care and concern for our St. A's student, parent and staff community.
As you make use of these resources, a few things to keep in mind as your child processes the many different emotions and feelings grief can bring:
- Students show their grief in many different ways and there is no way to predict how grief will manifest itself in thier behavior. We as adults can be a calm, reassuring person who is empathic to their grief. To simply listen as a child shares their feelings can bring much healing.
- We help students when we are aware of our own feelings. Loss and death can bring up a range of complex emotions including anger, guilt, helplessness, sadness and many more. Spend time thinking about what emotions this situation is bringing up for you and take time to tend to your own emotional response.
OUR HOUSE Grief Center: http://www.ourhouse-grief.org/grief-pages/
The Dougy Center: The National Center for Grieving Children and Families http://www.dougy.org/grief-resources/
Please be in touch with any further questions or specific needs - firstname.lastname@example.org
Eternal rest grant unto Monsignor Gonzales, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him. Amen.
Cyber SafetyPosted by Tracy Mayhue at 10/28/2015
Here are 4 PDF resources from SafelyEverAfter...
Advice for Families and Kids
Family Internet Contract
Cyber Safety Converstaion Starters
Cyber Smarts for Kids