It fills us with great pride to share that forty-two students (fourth and fifth graders) have been selected to be Peer Mediators this school-year! Our school’s Peer Mediation program started a decade ago (in 2008) and we are delighted to see that throughout the years the commitment to our children’s social and emotional learning continues to thrive and deepen.
Starting on Tuesday, October 22, 2019, Peer Mediators will be available in the Cafeteria from 10:30am to 10:55am on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays during the K-2nd-grade lunch-period. When necessary, Peer Mediators will conduct mediations (at a designated-table) with K-2 students who are experiencing a conflict.
On days when mediations are not necessary, Peer Mediators will work to build a relationship with our K-2 students by facilitating a Lunch-Buddy Talk. For these small-group talks, the goal is to rotate through all of the K-2 students, offering this opportunity to 3-4 students a day. Please note, that mediations and Lunch Buddy Talks are optional.
Third-graders will also have an opportunity to take advantage of the Peer Mediation program during their own lunch period. Third graders seeking Peer Mediation are to make a request through the Teacher Assistants or by seeing Josh. Mediation for third graders will take place in the cafeteria from 11:25am to 11:50am on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays (by-appointment-only).
All new and returning Peer Mediators take part in a 1.5-hours Conflict Resolutions Training, facilitated by Peer Mediation Parent-Coaches. In addition to this, all mediators participate in monthly meetings that are presented in a workshop-style and are meant to teach role-playing and modeling skills for solving conflicts creatively. All Teacher Assistants (TAs) also participate in a brief orientation to learn of the protocols for referring students for mediation and the program’s objectives.
We are excited about the prospects of another successful year with our Peer Mediation program! Thank you in advance for your continued support of our school and this program.
Denise and Josh