This is “No Name Calling Week” at South Meadows Elementary and other schools in the Chelsea School District.
It’s an annual week “of educational activities aimed at ending name-calling and bullying behavior of all kinds,” according to information about the events that will take place. In addition, families are encouraged to talk about the importance of “treating everyone with kindness and respect all the time.”
On Jan. 21, students celebrated “Twin Day” where everyone was asked to work together to stop bullying. “Don’t compare yourself to other students. You are a unique and valuable person just as you are,” the information states.
Families are asked to participate at home and ask their children things such as “What makes you unique?” Or, “Do you know what it means to be kind and respectful to others?” “What should you do if you or anyone else is being bullied?”
“No Name-Calling Week is an annual week of educational activities aimed at ending name-calling and bullying behavior of all kinds,” the information states.
Today, Jan. 22, is “Crazy Hat Day” and students were asked to “tip your hat to no bullying.”
Students were told to resist peer pressure to bully and “remember, you don’t have to like everyone around you, but you have to treat everyone with kindness and respect.”
On Jan. 23, it’s “Silly Sock Day” and students are asked to walk away from bullying.
“If you witness bullying, interrupt it,” the tip states and speak up for the person who is being bullied.
On Jan. 24, it’s “Wear Pink Day” where everyone was asked to “Stand Up to bullying.”
On this day, students are expected to be asked to get help if they are being bullied or if they see someone else being bullied. Walk away and get help. “Find an adult who can intervene.”
On Jan. 25, it’s Country Western Day and students were asked to “Lasso a new Friend.”
“Whether it is a game at recess or something outside school, you will meet people who like the same things you do, which give you something to talk about.” This is a great way to make a new friend.
This week is a way to talk to your children about being kind and respectful to others.
And although there is heightened awareness and education during this week, school staff encourages families to maintain regular dialogue with their children about the importance of treating everyone with kindness and respect all the time.