We are very excited to kick-off our #ChooseKind campaign at school this morning. Today, every family will be receiving a copy of Wonder by R.J. Palacio; one copy will be sent home with the oldest sibling in the family. As students entered school this morning, they were greeted with a celebration for the main character of Wonder, Auggie. Today is Auggie’s birthday and we thought that there would be no better day than to start our school-wide discussion of making kind choices. As students exited the buses, they were greeted to balloons and doughnuts!
In case you are unfamiliar with the book, Wonder is about a boy named, August, nicknamed Auggie, a 10-year-old with a facial deformity that causes others to avoid and even shun him. When he enters a regular school in fifth grade, after being home-schooled for many years, Auggie must learn to cope with difficult new situations and new people who are not always treating him kindly.
With the book, you will receive an envelope with five strips of construction paper on which images, words, and thoughts related to being kind can be decorated. Please work on the strips as a family and bring them back to school where we will turn them into the largest kindness chain ever! If you want to create more, more strips are available outside the main office and from your child’s homeroom teacher. In the lobby, there is a large bowl representing Auggie’s astronaut helmet. We will fill this bowl with one small ball for every strip that’s returned–this way, we can see how kindness is growing as a school community. Please encourage your child to drop-off the strips outside the office when they’re completed.
Today in school, we extended homeroom so that your child could write a postcard to Auggie, sharing the words of encouragement he/she might give him as he’s about to start a new school. We will display these around the school.
As part of our #ChooseKind campaign, please join our Librarian, Edna Auerfeld, for a series of book discussions at lunch. Please see this flyer for more information, as there will be three opportunities to have lunch with your child to discuss the text.
Additionally, School Psychologist, Heather Greenberg, and I, will also lead parent book club discussions. Please join us during the following dates/times:
- Thursday, 11/9 @ 9:00 AM (Middle School Cafeteria)
- Thursday, 11/9 @ 7:00 PM (Elementary School Cafeteria at the PTSA Meeting)
- Wednesday, 11/15 @ 1:00 PM (Middle School Cafeteria)
We are so excited about the #ChooseKind campaign and reading Wonder as a school community.
See you soon,
Principal, Greenwood Lake Middle School