Social & Emotional Curriculum

SocEmo2One of our primary goals at Beach Elementary is to create a safe, inclusive, kind and respectful environment. Children at every grade level are given guidance on how to be a good friend, school citizen and student.

Inevitably problems will arise; this is part of growing up! When they do, teachers and staff are available to help students navigate through difficult situations. In addition, Beach is fortunate to have a school counselor, Jaimie Lasky,  for those who need extra support and guidance. Kindergarteners and new students are introduced to the school counselor and encouraged to speak with her if problems or questions arise.

Children at all grade levels learn age-appropriate tools to help them understand how to be a good friend and classmate.

  • In kindergarten and the first grade, students participate in the “Second Step” program, which uses “developmentally appropriate ways to teach core social-emotional skills such as empathy, emotion management and problem solving.”
  • Third graders are guided through the CAP program (Child Assault Prevention), where “three common victimization scenarios children encounter are introduced: a Bully, a Stranger, and a Known and Trusted Person. Children are involved in discussion and role-play activities in which they learn to identify their own resources so that, should they need help, they know where to go and how to ask.”
  • In the fourth and fifth gradesPEP (Parent Educator Program) is introduced to help children begin a lifetime of healthy social and emotional choices.

In addition to these programs, we utilize literature to help students understand and relate to challenging social scenarios. In the classroom, we do a lot of reading and storytelling; we also act out skits, plays and hold discussions that provide children with an opportunity to reflect on social and emotional issues.

SocEmo1Schoolwide Initiatives

Each year we incorporate a school-wide initiative to help children understand the impact of kindness and thoughtfulness. This year, we’ve initiated the “Be the One” program where teachers and staff members take special note when children do kind and thoughtful things. Come by the office and see the many wonderful examples of good deeds done by the kids so far this year. In 2011-12, we employed the “Caught Being Good” program where students were “caught” being kind to one another, and those acts were publicized.

Principal Corritone

When issues arise, principal Michael Corritone is always available to meet with parents and families. Please feel free to pick up the phone and call him.