True for some, not for all. As fall and winter breaks draw near, along with all of the excitement, it is not uncommon to see an increase in undesired behaviors and regression to previous behaviors in our students. For many of our students, home is a place where relationships are unhealthy, meals are not prepared, and drugs, alcohol or violence are a part of daily life. For these students, many of whom we may not even be aware of their circumstances, the most consistent, positive and secure part of their life is time at school; which is about to come to an end for one long week and soon another two weeks. No wonder they are exhibiting some stress. When these students walk out our doors on Friday, there will be no breakfast and lunch program, no counseling program, no celebrations, no gifts, and no one to encourage and support them.
So we support our children. We collaborate with our community to provide basic necessities, food, coats, pajamas, meals and gifts delivered to the home. We give our kids books from our classrooms to read over the break. We express that we are thankful for each other and look forward to being together again as a community soon.
And even though we are tired and looking forward to a much needed break ourselves, we keep an eye on those who are acting out more than usual. We give them structure and routine. We give them a break. We give them encouragement. This may not be their favorite time of year.
Thank you for ALL you do for our kids EVERYDAY.