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Class Meeting: building relationship skills

October 14, 2019

Parents, you have likely heard from your children about “class meeting with Mary.” What is it? 

Class Meeting is a longstanding feature of the social-emotional learning curriculum at ACDS. Lower School Counselor Mary Stokes convenes the class meeting once per week at a specific time in each and every Lower School homeroom, Kindergarten to Fifth Grade. She also brings the class meeting format into PreKindergarten to introduce the youngest students to this valuable experience that speaks to our Country Day motto: de amicitia, in the spirit of friendship.

Activities in these weekly 45-minute periods range from mindfulness practices, to hands-on activities focusing on our school-wide monthly themes. The goal is to create a safe place for children to share what is on their minds and to practice self-awareness, social awareness, and relationship skills. 

At Country Day, we believe that children learn best in a healthy, positive community. Class meeting sets children up with a social and emotional climate for stronger, more productive learning.

Here’s more from Lower School Counselor Mary Stokes:

Wondering what the Middle School counterpart to Class Meeting is? Answer: the Advisory program in Sixth, Seventh, and Eighth Grades. For more on social-emotional learning, including Advisory, at Aspen Country Day School, click here.