SOCIAL & Emotional Learning
In collaboration with Administrators and Faculty, the PTA is working to support social and emotional learning at NMS. Social and emotional learning (SEL) is the process through which children and adults understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions. At NMS, SEL events and activities promote a safe school climate by fostering social-emotional skills in our students and reinforcing the District’s norms: Be Here, Be Safe, Be Honest, Care for Self and Others, Let Go and Move On.
Open Arts Alliance Partnership
Many of you know Open Arts through the many plays they direct and produce in the community. Did you also know that Open Arts Alliance, is a 501c3 non-profit social service organization that uses therapeutic arts programs to educate students and senior citizens in our community. The PTA has brought Open Arts into North Mianus to use arts and theatre to integrate the PBIS and social emotional learning curriculum. Through interactive workshops and performances, Open Arts is bringing our school norms to life as well as other challenging topics that can be difficult for students to manage (such as building friendships, bullying, resolving conflict appropriately, appreciating differences and expressing emotions).
Executive Functioning: The Brain's CEO
School counselor, Allison Tables, and former special education administrator, Susan Chandler recently presented to NMS parents on Executive Functioning. It was a wonderful presentation with lots of tips for parents. If you missed the presentation or would like to review the slides, please find them here.
Parenting Grit: Strategies for Promoting Resiliency in the Home
Evelyn Bilias Lolis, PhD recently presented to NMS parents on promoting resiliency in the home. She explored pandemic parenting stress, the compassion fatigue that has emerged thereof, and practical strategies rooted in positive psychological science for promoting resilience and wellness in the home. Website and blog: drbilias.com. Find seminar takeaways here.
Parenting With Social Media in This Digital Age
The Social & Emotional Learning Committee (SEL) offered parents an opportunity to learn about social media and its impact on children. GHS senior and honors student Mikaela Browning provided a presentation on what parents need to know about social media in this digital age. The virtual presentation was geared towards 5th grade parents, but all were welcome.
Ms. Browning discussed how social media works and how it gets you hooked. She shared some statistics with us about what is actually happening in Greenwich and presented on her own experience of not having social media herself.