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On Saturday, November 5th, ULS hosted the first TOOLBOX Café event for parents, students, teachers and our greater school community. The school provided café style breakfast refreshments and we had the opportunity to learn more about TOOLBOX, the social and emotional learning (SEL) curriculum the school is currently implementing in the elementary school and also piloting in the middle school.
About 35 parents, teachers and students gathered for the event. Grace (c/o 2024) and Harper (c/o 2028) started off by teaching everyone the basics of the Breathing Tool. We then shared highlight stories of TOOLBOX so far. After watching a couple of introductory videos from the Dovetail Learning website, Chris Zorn, our elementary performing arts teacher and elementary SEL support person, gave everyone a brief summary of the key concepts of TOOLBOX. He also shared with everyone some basic inquiries we can all use at home with our children and families to help provide practice opportunities for developing the innate qualities supported by TOOLBOX.
After we brainstormed and discussed important questions we have about TOOLBOX, the teachers (Ms. Kela, grades 2 & 3, Ms. Baldwin, middle school and Ms. Cottongim, Dean of Curriculum and Instruction and Mr. Zorn) hosted a Q&A session, where everyone got a chance to hear the different teachers’ answers to the various questions.
It was a lively and fun morning. Everyone left with a little more understanding and excitement about TOOLBOX and a sense of how to support the students’ learning and growth. Keep your eyes open for news of the next TOOLBOX Café event coming after the holidays.