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Project Cornerstone - ABC

Asset Building Champions (ABC) Program
ABC is a Project Cornerstone program geared toward engaging parents with kids. At our school, parent volunteers are trained in the developmental assets model for positive youth development, and prepared to read a specially selected children’s book and lead related activities and discussions in classrooms each month. The program’s goal is to help our school communities achieve the following:
• Create a common language and vocabulary about student respect and behavior expectations among all members of the school community — students, parents and caregivers, teachers and staff.
• Help students develop skills to handle physical, verbal, relational and digital bullying and to STAND UP if they see someone else being bullied.
• Increase the number of caring adults on campus so that all students feel that there is at least one adult they can turn to if they have a problem.
• Contribute to a positive school climate where every student feels valued and supported to achieve and thrive. 
If reading to a classroom of students is not something you are interested in, but you would still like to be involved as an ABC Caring Adult in areas such as recess time, school-wide communication and events, etc., please let us know.
  • To learn more about ABC Project Cornerstone and how it is being used in your child's classroom this year, please see the Toolkits, Word Definitions, Monthly Themes, and Supplemental Book List below.
  • You can also visit Project Cornerstone at www.projectcornerstone.org for more resources.
  • For questions about ABC at EDS, please email our program leads, Amy Kazem and Linda Le (Wang) at abc.easterbrook@gmail.com

This Month's ABC Book

Nobody Knew What To Do by Becky Ray McCain tells the story of how one child found the courage to be an UPstander and tell a teacher about a fellow student who was being picked on and bullied by children in school.
Goals of the lesson:
·       Identify caring adults who provide support and positive communication.
·       Teach students how to tell and make a report.
·       Use positive self-talk to boost personal power in interpersonal relationships.
·       Role model UPstander responses to support each other.
·       Create a caring, safe school environment for all by teaching adults on school campuses how to respond to student reporting.
·       Generate ways to be UPstanders when faced with cyberbullying.   
To reinforce the lessons at home:
·       Be the one your child can come to when they need to be heard. Listen and be aware of situations that need further attention.
·       Stay calm and gather information by asking questions. In most instances, you can help your child identify and state the problem.        
     “So Jack is picking on you at recess. What are some things you/we might do?” Help your child see their personal power is in
     how they choose to react.
·       Discuss the potential consequences of the chosen strategy. “If you go to the teacher, what would happen?” Look at 2 or 3
     strategies and consequences and have your child choose one.
·       Reassure your child. Thank them for sharing their worries and tell them that you will be “there” when they need help. Check back        
     later to see if the strategy is working.
·       If you are not sure what to say or do, reassure your child that you will find a way to help and get back to them. Follow through on your promises.
When you “catch” kids modeling positive behaviors... Notice, Name it, and Celebrate it!

February's Character Trait Focus:


Asset Focus: Other Caring Adults, Caring School Climate, Safety, Caring, School Boundaries, Positive Peer Influence, Honesty, Responsibility, Interpersonal Competence, Resistance Skills, Peaceful Conflict Resolution, Personal Power 


To view a video read aloud of this month’s book, Click here