October 2011 Archives

Yesterday, the SBMS boys' and girls' soccer teams clinched the Tri-County Championship.

The boys clinched their second straight championship with a 7-1-1 record. Under the direction of Coach Schmid, the boys continued the tradition of being a force in the Tri-County League.

The girls clinched the FIRST-EVER girls' soccer championship. Finishing their season 8-1, the girls dominated the competition and won a hard fought final game to clinch the title. With the terrific guidance of Coach McEvoy, the girls continued to win with class and were consistently a wonderful example of the Redbird 4.

Stone Bridge is proud of our Redbird Soccer Teams!



Come see our Middle School Debate team tackle the ideas that the US should increase its use of nuclear; NATO should withdraw from Afghanistan and three other important topics. Stone Bridge is hosting the 1st ever Middle School Public Debate Tournament in New Jersey. It will be held on Saturday, October 22nd from 8:30-4pm.

Adults are needed to judge debates at the tournaments.

The Middle School Public Debate Program requires judges to be trained. We have a special training session scheduled for Friday, October 21st, from 6-9pm. Judges must be 16 years or older and high school students are welcome.

Contact Dee Burek at burekd@ufrsd.net

Month of Respect Activities

SBMS will be highlighting a Month of Respect to combine the focus of the new, state-wide Week of Respect (Oct. 3-7) and School Violence Awareness Week (Oct. 17-21). A number of worthwhile activities and assemblies have been organized to promote key components of the Redbird 4 and our Stand UNited (SUN) Against Bullying initiative. See a list of the many things we have planned!


Month of Respect Activities
(Highlighting the Week of Respect and School Violence Awareness Week)


·        Rachel's Challenge

o   October 17th @ 9:30 a.m. - Auditorium / Parent and Community - 7:00 p.m. - Auditorium

o   www.rachelschallenge.org - website

o   Rachel Scott was the first person killed at Columbine High School on April 20, 1999. Her acts of kindness and compassion coupled with the contents of her six diaries have become the foundation for one of the most life-changing school programs in America

o   Powerful video/audio footage of Rachel's life and the Columbine tragedy holds students spell-bound during a one hour school presentation that motivates them to positive change in the way they treat others. This is followed by a separate interactive 90 minute training session involving both adult and student leaders that shows how to sustain the momentum created by the assembly. The assembly creates the "want to" or desire for positive change. The training session teaches the "how to" and ensures that the positive impact will continue.

o   That evening the Rachel's Challenge speaker conducts a powerful session with parents and community leaders. This session is similar to the assembly program and ends with a specific challenge to parents and community leaders, showing them how they can reinforce the decisions their youth are making. Entertainers, politicians, sports celebrities, educators, and even two Presidents of the United States have been impacted by Rachel's Challenge. However, students are the target audience and they have proven that they will respond with positive words, attitudes, and actions. Your school will never be the same after being exposed to Rachel's Challenge!

o   After experiencing Rachel's Challenge, schools and students reported: 


§  282% increase in the number of students that felt their school was becoming a safer place after experiencing a Rachel's Challenge presentation

§  Schools report up to 90% reductions in disciplinary referrals and out-of-school suspensions 


·        Mix-It-Up Day

o   Date to be determined.

o   What is Mix It Up?

§  Mix It Up is a project that supports student efforts to identify, question & cross social boundaries in school.  We ask students to swap seats during lunch, break out of their comfort zones & meet new people.

o   What does Mix It Up hope to accomplish?

§  We hope students will take a look at their school environment and ask why these social barriers exist.  Social boundaries can create divisions & misunderstandings in school.  By working to cross these barriers, students can help create environments with less conflict and fewer instances of bullying, harassment & violence.  Students can help form safe, welcoming schools - places where everyone can grow socially & academically.


·        Be the Change Day

o   October 31st

o   The mission is to provide students with an experiential program that demonstrates the possibility of love and connection through the celebration of diversity, inclusion, patience and integrity.  The vision is that every student is part of a school where they feel safe, loved and celebrated.

o   The format will be similar to the Mini Jams that Ms. Carrea runs while half of the 7th grade is at Stokes.  There will be a series of stations set up and run by a teacher.  Students will be presented with a challenge (physical in nature since those seem to be the most popular with kids).  They will attempt the challenge and will then participate in a debriefing conducted by the teaching running the challenge.  They will cycle through the activities utilizing a whistle system. Ms. Carrea will try to get kids through as many activities as possible in the time provided.  There will be a full group debriefing at the end of the session. 

·        Poems of Respect

o   Student poems focusing on respect will be read daily during the month of October.

o   Poems highlight the importance of respect and the need for it in our school.


·        Safety Drills

o   During the month of October, we will have an "Intruder in the Building" drill to focus on the importance of procedure safe guards in the event of an emergency.


·         Redbird 4 Tickets

o   Redbird 4 tickets are given to students who exemplify the Redbird 4 (Respect, Responsibility, Integrity and Empathy). During our Month of Respect, students who are excellent examples of Respect will receive a Redbird 4 ticket.


·        SUN Meeting/Celebration

o   On October 7th, we will have our normally scheduled SUN meeting in all grade levels.

o   On October 17th, our entire school will gather for our SUN celebration. In addition to hearing about Rachel's Challenge, we will have spirit building games that promote acceptance of everyone and teamwork. Additionally, we will have our annual SUN Art Show, which highlights the elements of our Stand UNited Against Bullying initiative.


·        How to Give Respect - Tip of the Day

(Authored by Dr. Michele Borba http://www.micheleborba.com/Pages/BMI05.htm)

There are many ways people show respect to others, and the more aware that students are of what those actions look and sound like, the more likely they are to incorporate those behaviors in their daily lives. Here are 35 activities students can do to learn the meaning and value of respect. There's one (and a few more) for each day of the month.

1.      Every day this week give a sincere compliment to someone. Create a weekly planner that will help you track your behavior. Each day you must write who you gave the compliment to and describe their reaction.

2.      Look up the definition of respect. Write it down. Now describe ways you have acted respectfully or disrespectfully this week.

3.      Make a list of people you think are respectful and why you added them to your list.

4.      Think of someone who is respectful and talk about why they would be a good friend.

5.      Discuss why acting respectful is important.

6.      Work alone or with a partner to create a song, a rap, or a chant about respect. Your words should tell why respect is important and how it could make the world a better place. Write the rap on a piece of paper and be ready to respect it to the group if called upon.

7.      What are three ways you can show your teacher respect?

8.      What are three ways you can show your parents respect?

9.      Make a list of things people say who are respectful. Here are a few: "please." "Thank you." "I appreciate that." "May I hold the door?" "Pardon me." "I'm sorry I offended you."

10.  Make a list of things people do who are respectful. Here are a few: hold the door open for someone who needs help, listen without interrupting, don't talk back, whine, or sass, throw away trash.

11.  Watch a half hour TV show. Who was respectful or disrespectful, and why?

12.  Interview someone and ask what's one way to show respect to another person. Write it.

13.  List five ways we could show greater respect for our environment.

14.  What would you do if an adult was disrespectful to you? Suppose the grown-up yelled at you for something you didn't do. What do you say? What do you do? Describe your answer in 50 words.

15.  Design a bumper sticker about respect. Include on the bumper sticker: the word Respect, a motor or slogan for why you should use it and at least three words that describe it.

16.  Describe a respectful way to answer the phone.

17.  Suppose you're invited to your friend's home for a family dinner. What are some ways you could show respect and courtesy when your first arrive? At their table? When you leave? Write at least 50 words.

18.  Cut a long strip of butcher paper 3 x 36" (or use adding machine tape). Roll each of the ends around a pencil and tape the ends to the pencil. Use crayons, colored pencils or ink pens to draw a scene of what respect looks and sounds like in action. Roll up your movie and be ready to share your story.

19.  Make a campaign poster about respect. Make sure you include the word "Respect" and two reasons why someone would want to vote for having respect at your school. You could use construction paper, felt pens, crayons, magazine cut-outs and templates.

20.  Look up the word "respect" in a dictionary. Find at least 10 different words that mean almost the same thing as "respectful." These words are called synonyms. Write each synonym on a paper strip. Link your paper strips together to make a chain and staple the ends of each link.

21.  Use glue to write on bright-colored paper a few statements that respectful people would say to put a smile on someone else's face. Now carefully sprinkle the letters with glitter. You've made Sparkle Statements!

22.  Design a mobile using paper, string, and a clothes hanger. The mobile must show at least four different ways you can show respect to yourself, other people, and property.

23.  Read about John Muir. How did he show respect to the environment?

24.  List at least five synonyms for the word respect.

25.  Draw a picture of your head and cut it out. Or make your silhouette by standing in front of an overhead projector. Have a friend trace the silhouette that appears on a piece of paper taped on the wall. Cut out your silhouette. What kinds of things would a respectful character do? Write or draw at least 8 characteristics of respectful people inside the silhouette. Circle ones that you do.

26.  Make a banner about respect. You could make it from cardboard, burlap, material, wallpaper or construction paper. Decorate your banner with pictures and word cutouts that show respect. Include at least 10 ways to show respect to other people.

27.  Cut out a newspaper or magazine article about a person who showed respect. What did they do to demonstrate respect?

28.  Write a commercial about respect. Try to sell respect so others will want to start using it. For instance, say something positive that might happen in the world if more people showed respect to one another.

29.  Write a word for each letter in the word respect that means almost the same thing.

30.  List five antonyms for the word respect.

31.  Make a collage for respect on a piece of poster board. Draw pictures or paste magazine pictures that show different ways you can show respect to tohers.

32.  Find at least five pictures of people showing respect to others. Make a collage.

33.  Write a paragraph describing how the world would be different if more people showed respect toward one another.

34.  Create a recipe for respect. What ingredients do you need?

35.  Design a campaign button that would help someone understand what respect means.

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