Thursday October 13, 2011
The start of a new school year brings lots of fun and exciting changes for the students at Rick Marcotte Central School (RMCS). Meeting new friends, adapting to new routines and settling into a new classroom can be both challenging and rewarding. The students at RMCS feel at home however when they begin their first school wide C.A.R.E.S assembly—a tradition at RMCS.
C.A.R.E.S stands for Cooperation, Assertion, Responsibility, Empathy and Self-Control. Sue Luck, RMCS’ principal explains, “C.A.R.E.S is one of the tenets of a program used by our entire school, The Responsive Classroom. The Responsive Classroom approach fosters safe, challenging, and joyful elementary classrooms and schools. Developed by teachers, it consists of practical strategies for bringing together social and academic learning throughout the school day.”
The first six weeks of school are spent learning the C.A.R.E.S. letters and their meaning at weekly assemblies. This month, the students highlighted the letter S which stands for Self Control. They demonstrated the letter S by singing a song about Self-Control called “I will care about you”. When a second-grader was asked what this meant, she stated: “it means showing respect to other people.”
On school assembly days, students and teachers wear their grade specific C.A.R.E.S. t-shirts (see photo page 1). These t-shirts illustrate the student-designed C.A.R.E.S. logo. The 2011 designer winner is Nisha Shah, grade 4. Every 2 years, a new student-generated design is introduced. It is a great honor for the student artist to have their design chosen for the C.A.R.E.S. logo. Sue Luck explains “our school’s commitment to Responsive Classroom gets implemented by teaching students about Cooperation, Assertion, Responsibility, Empathy, and Self-Control. Our T-shirt logo proudly depicts these qualities that contribute to and reinforce Rick Marcotte Central School as the welcoming safe school it is.” Students come to school knowing that they are safe, welcome and most of all cared about by their friends, teachers and the staff at Rick Marcotte Central School.
Come join us for our next PTO meeting on Wednesday, November 9th, from 6:30–7:45 p.m. in the Art Room. All parents are welcome.
SOURCE: Julie Brancato & Jennifer Killeen, RMCS PTO