Message from the Principal

Dear Super Sailor Families,

I am excited to share that in January, Ross Park officially rolled out the Be Nice. campaign schoolwide. Be Nice. is a positive antibullying initiative designed to spread awareness surrounding the issues of bullying and the importance of treating people with civility throughout our community. The intention behind this important subject is to create a positive cultural shift in the school environment and community by reducing the effects of bullying and low selfesteem in our students. The Be Nice. campaign focuses upon the understanding that someone’s mental health (how he/she thinks, acts, and feels) can be greatly affected by the actions of others.

Each month, starting in February, students at Ross Park will be presented with ageappropriate lessons that support an element of awareness in the Be Nice. campaign. These lessons include:

N-Notice: This month, students will be taught to notice how people are treating others. Lessons will include noticing what we do well in the treatment of others, and also noticing what needs to change at Ross Park and in the community.

I-Invite: Inviting students to make a change, including thinking of ways that they can make a difference in how others are treated at school and in the community, will be a focus in March.

C-Challenge: In April, students will be challenged to take a stand for what is right. Lessons will focus upon being inclusive to all, reaching out to others, and stopping negative behaviors towards self and others.

E-Empower: May’s lessons will center upon empowering students to reach out to others to help make a positive change. Students will be taught to become positive role models at school and in the community.

I look forward to the proactive teaching of the Be Nice. campaign, and the important lessons it will teach our children, not only this year, but in all years to come. Please be sure to ask your child about Be Nice. in the coming months, and how it has become part of the culture at Ross Park Elementary. Together we can all help each other to Be Nice!

To learn more about the Be Nice. campaign, please visit their website at: http://www.themhf.org/education/be_nice1.

Sincerely,

Eve Mills, Principal