• Join us each month for a new theme and activities to work with your students! This month's theme is #FriendlyFebruary

    #SEL Day 2024: https://selday.org/

    #FriendlyFebruary Quote of the Month:

    " Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another, ‘What! You too? I thought I was the only one.  "


    — C.S. Lewis

  • Making new friends can lead to rewarding experiences, both in school and out of school. Friendships help children learn important social interaction skills, such as listening, speaking, turn-taking, empathy, and assertiveness. 


    Week 1: Action for Happiness Calendar #FriendlyFebruary

    February (actionforhappiness.org)

    Week 2: How to Make and Keep Friends

    An important aspect of helping students make and keep friends is creating the right environment for friendships to form and fostering an afterschool program culture where friendships can thrive. This includes setting clear expectations for appropriate behavior, creating and honoring boundaries of both peers, staff, and the program environment. Create a welcome wagon wheel for new students to your program. 

    #FriendlyFebruary #MakeandKeepFriends #AfterschoolCreatesLifelongFriends


    Week 3: Random Acts of Kindness Week (Random act of Kindness Day (2/17/2024))

    Take one-part math and one-part kindness equals one great activity for one great activity to celebrate Random Acts of Kindness Day, February 17. #FriendlyFebruary #RandomActsofKindnessDay


    Week 4: Celebrating Black History: Rhythm and Language

    Students play with sounds to determine their ability to invoke imagery. They then create a soundscape poem using onomatopoeia. #CelebratingBlackHistory #RhythmandLanguage #FriendlyFebruary


    Week 5: Messages of Care

    Create your own sidewalk chalk and write messages of encouragement to your friends to show you how much you care. #FriendlyFebruary #MessageofCare #Encouragement


SEL Video of the Month

  • What is Social Emotional Learning (SEL) and how can I be part of this?

Social and Emotional Learning (SEL)

  • What is Social-Emotional Learning and why does it matter?

    Per CASEL, Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) reflects the critical role of positive relationships and emotional connections in the learning process and helps students develop a range of skills they need for school and life.SEL Framework by CASEL

SEL Resources

  • I Am Poem Template

  • As the pandemic continues, kids are turning to meditation to manage anxiety

  • SEL skills include the ability to:

    •  set and achieve positive goals
    •  feel and show empathy for others
    •  establish and maintain positive relationships
    •  make responsible decisions
    •  understand and manage emotions


    All of these skills are necessary—both for educators and students—to function well in the classroom, in the community, and in college and careers.

    Visit the CASEL Interactive SEL Framework to learn more about the CASEL Wheel  (above)

Previous Monthly Themes

  • January 2024 - #HappierJanuary

  • December 2023 - #DoGoodDecember

  • November 2023 - #NewWaysNovember

  • October 2023 - #OptimisticOctober

  • September 2023 - #Self-CareSeptember

  • May 2023 - #MeaningfulMay

  • April 2023 - #ActiveApril

  • March 2023 - #MindfulMarch

  • February 2023 - #FriendlyFebruary

  • January 2023 — #HappierJanuary

  • December 2022 – #DoGoodDecember

  • November 2022 - #NewWaysNovember

  • October 2022 - #OptimisticOctober

  • September 2022 - #Self-CareSeptember

  • August 2022 - #AltruisticAugust