Screen Shot 2017-05-22 at 3.30.19 PMDear PS 77 and PS 198 Teachers and Families,                                                                                 May 19, 2017

We held the April 2017 Student Council meetings on Tuesday April 25th in room M1.  The greetings for both the lower and the upper grade meetings were given by Student Council representatives; two students volunteered to kick off each meeting.  The representatives shared a few things about themselves and then they answered questions from their peers, which allowed for the practice of public speaking skills as well as active listening and questioning skills.  This greeting style is also a great way for the representatives to get to know each other better!

For our ice-breaker, the lower grade students focused on Earth Day which takes place in April.  The representatives gathered in a circle to play a game of toss while sharing something they currently do or could do in the future to help take care of the Earth.  We noticed that we can all do small things daily to help our environment.  The upper grade students played a more advanced game of “Roll the dice share” (which the lower grades played in March).  The questions that students had to answer corresponding to the number rolled using a pair of dice required more thought and detailed answers.  The representatives gathered in small groups and practiced both their speaking and listening skills for this ice-breaker.

For our lower grade activity, “Castles in the Air” (from the book Creating The Peaceable School: A Comprehensive Program for Teaching Conflict Resolution (Second Edition) By Richard J. Bodine, Donna K. Crawford, and Fred Schrumpf), students were divided into small groups.  They were given the timed task of making the tallest castle possible using only 100 index cards in their groups.  It was a difficult assignment, but the representatives were up to the challenge!  The focus of the activity was teamwork and creative problem solving and while one team did win, they all appeared to learn something about cooperative group work and most importantly they had fun.

Our upper grade group participated in the activity “Build a Tower” from the book Great Group Games for Kids: 150 Meaningful Activities for Any Setting By Susan Ragsdale and Ann Saylor.  The representatives were split up into smaller groups and told that their job was to build the tallest freestanding tower using only masking tape and newspaper.  Group problem solving topics such as planning, communication, roles, and collaboration were discussed at the conclusion of the activity.  Students had some really creative ideas on how to execute this tricky undertaking and it was impressive to see how the groups rallied together and came up with ideas that were “outside of the box.”

We concluded our meetings with the “Student Council Handshake” and the representatives were given a copy of the meeting agenda to share with their teachers and classmates.

Until next time,

 

Josh Goldstein

Allie Harvazinski

Guidance Counselor, PS 77

Guidance Counselor, PS 198

 

Dear PS 77 and PS 198 Teachers and Families,                                                                                 May 22, 2017

 

We held the May 2017 Student Council meetings on Tuesday, May 22nd in room M1.  The greetings for both the lower and the upper grade meetings were given by Student Council representatives; two students volunteered to kick off each meeting.  The representatives shared a few things about themselves and then they answered questions from their peers, which allowed for the practice of public speaking skills as well as active listening and questioning skills.  This greeting style is also a great way for the representatives to get to know each other better!

 

Our lower grade group participated in the activity “Balloons Aloft”.  Students split into small groups and each group was given a balloon. The groups were directed to keep the balloon in the air for 30 seconds, then for 30 second without hands/fingers, and then for 30 second with just legs/feet. It was a fun activity that focused on cooperation and teamwork.

For our lower grade activity, students listened to sections of the book Unstoppable Me, by Dr. Wayne W. Dyer. We discussed the concept of “Positive Self –Talk” and students gave examples of Positive and Negative Self-Talk. The representatives created their own Positive Self-Talk flowers to be displayed in a hallway wall garden.

For our ice-breaker, the upper grade students focused on building connections and community by participating in an activity called “Web of Connection.” Students gathered in a circle and took turns throwing a ball of yarn to one another. All the representatives were asked to share something special or unique about themselves when they had the yarn. They hooked a finger to the yarn before handing it off to someone, creating a web.

For our upper grade activity, students participated in community service. They assisted in going through books and other items in room M39 to decide what can be used still in our building and what should be donated. By working together to clean out the old classroom, it will become a learning space for students to utilize again.

We concluded our meetings with the “Student Council Handshake” and the representatives were given a copy of the meeting agenda to share with their teachers and classmates.

Until next time,

 

Josh Goldstein

Allie Harvazinski

Guidance Counselor, PS 77

Guidance Counselor, PS 198

 

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