Unity Charter School Field Day 2014

Written by Cat D. Posted in Daily Life at Unity Charter School, Positive Discipline, Whole Child Education

By Jen Carcich Field Day 2014This year, Unity Charter School had the picture perfect field day! The weather was sunny and warm with a faint breeze blowing. The entire school walked over to Collinsville Park for a morning packed with activities. The children were broken into multi-age groupings K-6 with the 7th and 8th grade students being the group leaders. Group leaders instructed the group how to play each game, made sure everyone had a turn and that the games were played fairly. Teachers facilitated as well but the day was very much student lead. Shoe fly, parachute games, wet noodle tower and the wet sponge relay were just some of the great activities. Our PE teacher, Alyssa, had all of the children practice the games in during PE in the weeks before field day.Field Day 2014 2 The Parent Association provide watermelon and veggie sticks for snack. This year the events ended with a water balloon toss with teams comprised of eighth grade students and the staff member of their choice. It was a very close competition, but in the end Danielle and Ethan were the winning staff/student pair. It was a great way to end out final full week of school.

Free 2-hour workshop: an Introduction to Positive Discipline

Written by Stacy Havens. Posted in Positive Discipline, Whole Child Education

Curious about Unity’s approach to Character Development? Check out these upcoming free introductory workshops hosted at Unity November 12, 2013:

Discover how disciplining children can be done with kindness and firmness, at the same time! Learn how to teach your children, not boss them. Learn the reasons behind the behavior, and the differences between consequences and punishment, encouragement and praise.

With this Adlerian based program, parents will be provided with some of the basic tools and skills necessary to begin the implementation of family meetings, and create a home which enhances cooperation, collaboration, conflict resolution, communication skills, accountability and respect. Learn about PD at Unity, and how it’s integrated into your child’s daily curriculum.

The workshops are facilitated by Teresa LaSala, Certified Positive Discipline Lead Trainer.  Teresa regularly facilitates both Positive Discipline in the Classroom (PDC) and Parenting with Positive Discipline (TP) workshops.  She has on-going relationships with a number of schools to develop a comprehensive, systemic, campus-wide PD Program.  Her trainings, both locally and internationally, have provided support for parents and communities and organizations that support parents and families.

Teresa’s passion and primary focus has been to continue her work with children by consulting in public, private, charter, and parochial schools throughout New Jersey, surrounding states, and internationally.  She strongly supports the involvement and commitment of all “stakeholders” — administrators, teachers, students and parents – and encourages schools to offer a series of PD programs that build this type of partnership.

For your convenience, we are offering two free workshops as follows:

Date: November 12, 2013 Location: Unity Charter School, Art Room Times: 8:15am-10:15am or 6:30pm-8:30pm

To sign up, send an email to Teresa.

You are welcome to bring a friend!

Can’t make it but want to learn more? Visit the Positive Discipline Association website.

Blue Sky Puppet Theater visits Unity Charter School

Written by Stacy Havens. Posted in Positive Discipline, Uncategorized, Whole Child Education

By Louise Demong

Last Wednesday the Blue Sky Puppet Theatre came to Unity to present The Missing Piece, a puppet show about making good decisions and being respectful, to the lower school students.

Before the show, the puppeteers showed the children the different kinds of puppets to be used in the show. The students then were taught a song “ I like myself, I’m worth a lot”, they all really got into singing it and many students volunteered to stand up in front of everyone to sing and dance to the song.

After the song the puppet show started. It was about a pup that was being selfish and rude to his family and friends. His father sends him a broken mirror as a puzzle to help the pup see that he is making the wrong choices. The pup then has several adventures and misadventures along the way. Many times the students would shout out warnings or encouragement to the pup.

Finally the pup had to get past a rather scary “body puppet”, one of the puppeteers dressed all in black which they had met before the show, who represented Fear. The pup realized that the fear of not being good enough and fear that no one would like him had made him make bad decisions about his behavior. He finally understood why his father had sent him a mirror with a missing piece: When he was being mean he would have no peace of mind because he didn’t respect himself. Several students then explained what respect was and what it meant to them. Everyone sang the “I like myself” song one more time and said thank you to the Blue Sky Puppet Theatre and the puppets.

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Back to Middle School–It’s not Elementary

Written by Stacy Havens. Posted in Positive Discipline, Whole Child Education

By Alethia Stone

Parents who have children in the lower and middle school probably noticed the difference between the two back to school nights. It was hard not to notice. Back-to-School Night for the primary school was everything you might expect—warm and nurturing. Fast forward a couple of days and there’s a completely different tone. If there was one word to sum up the evening, it would probably be “passion.”

A lead in from the Camp Speers information meeting already had the energy level running high, but then the orientation to middle school began and with it came the realization that this was not elementary school. It wasn’t even your traditional middle school. This was something special. Each teacher presented their class overview with energy and enthusiasm. It was clear that these were teachers who loved their jobs. Even the need to align to the common core standards doesn’t diminish their commitment to building commUnity.

In the end the evening was about the Unity difference—building commUnity. The middle school curriculum invites students on a voyage of discovery. A journey where they explore who they are, what they believe and what their legacy will be. These are themes that are interwoven throughout the middle school experience from encouraging students to learn about themselves and their peers at Camp Speers to the end of year Sustainability Showcase where they have the opportunity to explore issues that affect them on a larger scale.

Back-to-School Night reinforced something many of us suspected when we chose Unity Charter School for our children’s academic home. Our children are in the care of individuals committed to helping us raise children who can think; children who can learn; and children who care. Their passion is real and so is their commitment to our children.

Middle school represents the beginning of the transition from childhood to adulthood. Seeing the curricula and meeting those who will be guiding the journey showed that for parents of middle schoolers Back-to-School Night was the time to share a plan to not just get them there, but to get them there with confidence, caring and awareness.

Positive Discipline Changes a Household

Written by Peter. Posted in Positive Discipline

Teresa LaSala’s Positive Discipline class has started us on the path to a more harmonious family life.  Parenting six year old boys (or any child at all) can often be a lesson in patience and a test of our sanity.  Our boys are generally very easy going and get along well with each other.  However, like all children, at times they test limits, fight and do things we have specifically asked them not to do.  Before attending the positive discipline class with Teresa, our main methods of discipline were yelling, time out and negative consequences.  This only led to angry children and more yelling, so we were ready to learn a new method of discipline, because no one likes to be yelled at and we all needed a more peaceful home.