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January 26-30, 2015

Ross Elementary is committing to take on the Great Kindness Challenge this week, January 26-30!  

The Great Kindness Challenge is one school week devoted to performing as many acts of kindness as possible, choosing from a checklist of 50 suggestions.

Help create a culture of kindness on your campus! It's free, easy to implement and has the power to increase tolerance, unity and respect for all grades Kindergarten through High School.

Please see below resources for more information and ideas on how to bring this challenge to life for every ROADRUNNER this week!

Start by sharing the Cindy McKinley book One Voice to showwhat happens when one kind act ripples out and boomerangs back.

Follow that up with Kindness BINGO, an idea I first saw {here}.

Here's how my version of this activity would work:Brainstorm at least 30 kind acts that your students could commit to doing this week.

Remind them that it doesn't have to be huge to be kind!Make an anchor chart listing all of their suggestions.{You'll need this list if you want to play BINGO on Friday.}

From that list, have students fill in this KIND Card with the 24 things that they'd be willing to do this week, to sprinkle their world with kindness.

Students can track their acts of kindness throughout the week by highlighting the squares as they complete them.

During the week, encourage one another by checking in at morning meeting to share how many kind acts each student has done and how many they have left to do.

Does anyone else hear some mathematical equation integration?

Up the ante with a little incentive to see who can finish by Wednesday, for example.
Let those students buddy up with other classmates to cheer them on and help them complete the challenge.

Track and chart the class' kind acts with a tally, a bar graph, or a circle graphic organizer.

Post it loud and proud outside your classroom to create a kindness synergy!

Then, on Friday afternoon, play a celebratory game of BINGO using your completed KIND Cards. {The only prep will be cutting up that list of suggestions for the caller to use instead of numbers and gathering something to use for markers.}

I can just feel the warmth!!

How will your grade level/classroom be celebrating kindness this week?

Are you ready to take The Great Kindness Challenge?

We'd love if you'd share how you'll be celebrating kindness this week.

Please add to the comment section below on how you might embed this into your week without a lot of extra planning/preparation and how this will guide your morning meetings each day this week- as well as possibly your social studies time?

Coming Soon... Mark Your Calendars:

Carnival T-Shirt Money and Order Forms Due by the Friday, January 30
Class Booth Choice: Due to Lauren Landers by February 1
SPIRIT NIGHT at CHUCK E. CHEESE (Free Salad or Personal Pan Pizza for all Ross staff)... February 10 (3-9 p.m.)
Raffle baskets: Return Date: February 27
Silent Auction: items by class due March 1
Pep rally- March 6
Tickets for sale first of March
Volunteers for your booth: 8 total. Email website to send parents 2/hr

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2 years ago

Julie DeFosse provided our team with a delicious breakfast yesterday morning!! THANK YOU Julie!!!!

2 years ago

Mr Mathis and his sweet class made me a "helping hand" thank you sign. It has all of their hand prints on it. It was delivered to me by a couple of them. It made me cry and totally made my day! What a sweet group of kiddos I get to be surrounded by every day! Thank you Mr Mathis!

2 years ago

Wow, so many acts of kindness have come my way this week. A special thanks to Mrs. Rivera for the Starbucks drink. I received 2 notes of kindness and appreciation for co-workers, and I even had a special note on my car from a student wishing me a great evening. My class is taking on a "Kindness Challenge" each day, playing with someone different on the playground, giving compliments, etc. So proud of them!

2 years ago

I had the joy of being in Mrs. Ward's class this morning where she had students share their acts of kindness at home and school in our morning meeting. I also received a lovely thank you card that made my day! I have plans to send out some "sweet" notes myself this week.

2 years ago

Sara Conti has taken her personal time to help me rearrange, reorganize and redesign my room! Thank you Sara for your act of kindness in making my classroom a more inviting and effective space. My kiddos love it!!! :) (And she did all this before the kindness challenge!)

2 years ago

I just want to say thank you to all the teachers who have openly welcomed the OT (Amy Evernden) that has been coming around to help out. She goes to schools all over this district and said that Ross is one of the most welcoming schools she has been to. It makes me so proud when other OTs love you guys as much as I do!

2 years ago
2 years ago

Ms. Wampler greeted me this morning with a healthy and scrumptious lunch! Thank you Ms. Wampler for showing kindness in such an unexpected way. You're the best! Donna

2 years ago

Mrs. Davis brought me a purse sized calendar for me. I LOVE it!

2 years ago

I have been greeted with extra kindness, smiles, notes all week. Thank you Ross! Ms. Parden's class and Ms. Conti's class made me booklets of sweet notes. My team bought me lunch. We actually sat down and had lunch together. What a treat.