On the Journey
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About Friendship: de amicitia
Posted 04/18/2016 08:04PM
our school motto: in the spirit of friendship
Did you know? The motto of our school --
chosen by the students themselves in the school's early days -- is de amicitia. It's Latin for friendship. It was even the name of the yearbook (photo, right). Country Day is a place where children practice friendship daily.
Clear expectations for behavior and discipline are important. Yet building a positive school culture is more than a top-down process. The results are most powerful when the children themselves "own" the atmosphere.They see that it is the "Country Day way" to treat each other with kindness and respect. They experience what it means to be in a community, and they carry this knowledge with them into their next schools and the adult world.
Here are some resources parents and children may find helpful:
Community Code: This document sets expectations for student behavior and is posted at www.aspencountryday.org/communitycode. In a
previous year, a print version was circulated in August. Parents have said liked being asked to review expectations with their children; next fall, the code will again be sent home for families to sign and return.
Family Handbook: The handbook is at www.aspencountryday.org/handbook. Next year this guide to daily life at school will again be available in print for easy reference.
Consistent terms: Children at Aspen Country Day School quickly become familiar with the five core values we treasure: character, respect, responsibility, community, and
perseverance. These words are used consistently throughout the classrooms and on Outdoor Education. Here's this year's Lower School assembly on the topic.
Children also become familiar with theaggressor, target, bystander triad, discussed at a Middle School assembly where students viewed a TED Talk on this topic (caution with younger ones; there's a swear word in this spoken word poem).
Whenever a behavioral concern or disciplinary issue arises in the classrooms, you will hear teachers using these terms as a starting point for guidance. Perhaps they may be helpful at home as well. Ask, What kind of community and culture do you want to help create at school?