Respect for all Week

At PS174, we are dedicated to helping our students achieve academic gains. To help attain that goal, we endeavor to make our school a warm and nurturing environment that fosters confidence, positive self-esteem, and social growth.

Throughout the year, we provide praise, positive reinforcement and encouragement to motivate our students to do their best. We also provide opportunities for our students to collaborate on projects as well as engage in cooperative play with their peers. In the process, we place emphasis on providing respect to everyone including oneself.

In 2015, our classroom teachers shared the quote from Winnie the Pooh by A.A. Milne, “Piglet noticed that even though he had a Very Small Heart it could hold a rather large amount of Gratitude."
 
In early February, teachers and students discussed that gratitude means being thankful and all of the many things  in life that we could be thankful for. Each child and adult thought of three things – either people, places or things - and build classroom chains of white, yellow and blue. After the grade assembly programs, class chains were joined and displayed in the halls. Over a thousand links joined together create a very strong chain  representing just how much we have to be thankful for. This great visual, in our school colors, celebrated the many feelings were in each of our hearts – mostly family, friends, and school.

In 2014, Mrs. Bellehsen shared the auditorium with Mrs. Friedman with two different student-led assembly programs. The paper dolls of 2013 “came to life” as the students themselves dressed in their traditional clothing. This United Nations themed fashion show runway provided a visually appealing representation of the wonderful diversity of our school. The song, “It’s a Small World” played in a cycle that lasted through a parade of over 200 colorfully dressed children. A magnificent 650 piece puzzle made a stunning impact on our wall. A piece of the puzzle was completed by every child from PS174 – including their name, photograph and favorite decorations. Since every child has a vital role in our school community, they were able to see not just themselves, but the entire student body of our school.

In 2013, Mrs. Bellehsen continued the appreciation of diversity and seeing the beauty in our differences by designing a school wide celebration project. Families shared stories of their cultures and roots through storytelling, foods, celebrations and native dress. Students made flags of their countries of origin as well as beautifully dressed paper dolls. You can see them displayed in our hallways and even on this website! Children dressed themselves in the colors of their countries and sang the beautiful lyrics, "We are The World, We are the Children." Thank you to Ms. Desvigne and the Big and Little Kids chorus for their songs and stories.

In 2012, Mrs. Bellehsen chose Michael Jackson's popular song, "Man In The Mirror" to be the focus of our "Respect for All Week." In their classes, the students discussed what the words of the song meant and wrote poems and essays on what they would do to effect positive change in the world. Many of these written pieces were then read by the students at the annual "Respect for All" assembly, which also included a dance number performed by our 6th graders to "Man In The Mirror." The assembly concluded with Ms. Desvigne leading the chorus in a powerful and harmonious rendition of the song. Everyone who participated including the audience members walked away with a positive message. To keep the momentum of "Respect for All Week" our students are regularly reminded to respect their teachers, parents, fellow peers, and environment. They are encouraged to appreciate diversity and to see the beauty in our differences.

In 2011, Mrs. Bellehsen, our school psychologist, organized "Respect for All Week," which involved our students participating in various activities that culminated in a wonderful performance for the whole school that was attended by students, faculty, parents, New York State Senator Joseph Addabbo, and Dr. Vladimir Thomas. The show was kicked off with a fun dance number by our 6th graders to the iconic Aretha Franklin song "Respect" for which our 4th graders provided some artistic props. Meanwhile, our 2nd graders put on a short skit that reflected the appropriate ways to engage with our fellow students.

Karin Kelly
Principal


Respect for All – Suggested Literature

GRADE
TOPIC
BOOK TITTLE
AUTHOR
K Diversity Swimmy Leo Lionni
K Sharing It’s Mine Leo Lionni
1 Teasing Hooway for Wodney Wat Helen Lester
1 Teasing Chrysanthemum Kevin Henkes
1 Bullying King of the Playground Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
2 Bullying Pink and Rex and the Bully James Howe
2 Bullying Googles Ezra Jack Keats
3 Fitting In William’s Doll Charlotte Zolotow
3 Teasing Oliver Button Is a Sissy Tomie dePaola
4 Diversity Cheyenne Again Eve Bunting
4 Identity/Bullying Shiloh Phyllis Reynolds Rainor
4 Diversity Basket Moon Barbara Cooney
5 Teasing Crow Boy Taro Yashima
5 Teasing Thanks & Giving Various
5 Bullying Ellie’s (My) Secret Diary Henriette Barkow
5 Bullying Loser Jerry Spinelli


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