Start With Hello 2019
Start with Hello!
This program enables students to make a difference with their peers in a simple, fun, and impactful way by encouraging them to take small but powerful actions to promote connectedness and inclusion, and to identify and help others who are showing signs of social isolation. Social isolation is the overwhelming feeling of being left out, lonely or treated like you are invisible. Young people who feel this way may pull away from society, struggle with learning and social development, or choose to hurt themselves or others.
Monday, Sept. 23rd: Announcements by SRA’s House Council. Homerooms will view a Start with a Hello video created by the Sandy Hook Promise Foundation.
Tuesday, Sept. 24th: Homerooms will discuss a PowerPoint presentation on how students may respond when they see or hear someone feeling lonely or isolated. Homeroom teachers will show and lead a discussion of a PowerPoint. Start with Hello flyers to parents will go home in Chomp Folders.
Wednesday, Sept. 25th: In homerooms, students will promise to help create a safe and welcoming place for all students at SRA by signing the Start with Hello Promise Cards. Homeroom teachers will distribute Promise Cards. Students are to sign and hand out cards and say, "Hello, my name is________________I promise to do my best to make you feel welcomed and safe.” Students will also sign a pledge card stating how they will make someone feel special.
Thursday, Sept. 26th: In homerooms, students will create a Start with Hello Promise Chain to be displayed in the school. Homeroom classes will create a Promise Chain that will be linked to others in the school. House Council will place green and yellow construction paper strips in hr boxes. Student writes one way they can make someone feel welcomed. Each grade attach chain rings to each other and give to Mrs. Roberts. She and Mrs. Wilson will hang chain in cafe.
Friday, Sept. 27th: Students may wear green or yellow shirts and jeans. Green and yellow are the Start with Hello colors. Students are encouraged to sit with someone at lunch they haven’t spoken to before, “No one sits alone day.”
SRA has reporting and intervention processes for bullying & mistreatment, threats by students of self-harm or harm to others and threats from community outside of the school.