St. Mary’s is committed to growing world-sized hearts. Recognizing that social-emotional skills need to be taught, praised, and practiced. Dr. Anderson visits each lower school classroom about 9 times per year to teach those skills. Students are taught about self-management, self-awareness, social awareness, responsible decision-making, and relationship skills. To review specific topics that will be covered by grade level click on the following link.Character Enrichment Program Grades K-5
Dr. Anderson collaborates with teachers throughout the school year to reinforce the social-emotional skills being addressed during some of our units of inquiry. For example, Junior Kindergarten students use belly breathing and calm down jars during their Peace Unit, Grade 4 students discuss creative expressions of emotion during their How We Express Ourselves unit, and Grade 5 students work on creating digital footprints they can be proud of.
New this year from both Dr. Anderson and Dr. Koch, Center 4 Learning, are creating a parenting podcast. Listen to “Parenting in the Trenches" the newest podcast with the link below. If there is a topic that interests you, feel free to send us your ideas at firstname.lastname@example.org
In an effort to show students just how committed we are to growing world-sized hearts Dr. Anderson has paired up with teachers, faculty and staff to “catch students being kind.” We are always on the lookout for those students who go above and beyond, without being asked, to help others. Some students that are observed doing a good deed may receive a quick note to let them know they were caught being kind.
Several times throughout the year therapy dogs and their owners are invited to campus for our Canine Connections program. This is an optional activity students can participate in during recess to de-stress during the academic day. Dogs and their handlers are present on the field and sit in a specified area waiting for belly rubs, paw shakes and to show just how much unconditional love they have to offer.
Dr. Anderson regularly meets with students, faculty, staff and parents to address the emotional needs of this community. Please stop by to say hello and introduce yourself.