On May 14 and 17, TIS students and staff will have the opportunity to spend time with children’s advocate and award-winning author Trudy Ludwig. Trudy has been featured on ABC’s “Good Morning America,” PBS’s nationally syndicated show, “Keeping Kids Healthy,” the National Crime Prevention Council’s Circle of Respect program, and, most recently, as an expert panel member on Sesame Street Workshop’s video series addressing bullying. Her books (My Secret Bully, Just Kidding, Sorry!, Trouble Talk®, Too Perfect, Confessions of a Former Bully, and Better Than You) have received national praise for helping children in grades K- 8 cope and thrive in their social world.
In her elementary student assemblies for Kindergarten – grade 1, grades 2-3, and grades 4-5, respectively, Trudy will read one of her books to the children and discuss the story and the characters’ roles. Through engaging activities and role-play with the author, the students will learn important life skills related to making healthy friendship choices. The assemblies will be on Tuesday, May 14 in the afternoon for grades 2&3 and on Friday, May 17 in the morning at two separate times for grades 4&5 and Kindergarten & 1.
Following the Tuesday assembly, Trudy will be providing a staff in-service presentation, “Creating a Safer Social & Learning Environment at School,” to keep us updated on the latest research findings, tips, tools and resources in addressing and preventing peer cruelty.
For more information about Trudy, her books, and other resources, please visit www.trudyludwig.com. Her books are available on line and at local bookstores. If you have one of Trudy’s books, she will be happy to sign it (have your child bring it to the assembly).
As mentioned in earlier editions of ITK, these assemblies and in-service are only the beginning of a year long initiative to explore friendship and peer relations. Next school year, we will include parent sessions so the TIS community as a whole can learn more about the dynamics of peer relations, how to understand them and how to guide our children to make healthy choices.
Robert Woods, Head of School, RobertW@intlschool.org, 503-226-2476 x122