Welcome to a new school year at Opal School! We are so looking forward to getting started again.
This video, from the Child Development Center at Harvard University, confirms what we know and believe and attempt to promote in all our Opal classrooms. Protecting and supporting early brain development has long lasting consequence — for the lifetime well-being of the individual and for the good of society. What happens early matters. At Opal School, the decisions we make about what happens are intentional in their design to develop productive brain circuitry.
As parents and teachers, we'll work together to learn as much as we can about being brain heroes. That means working together to create an environment of relationships that is rich in experience, langauge, and healthy social and emotional interaction both at home and at school.
What it does not mean is attempting to create an environment that is free of conflict. Opportunities to learn how to mangage conflict productively is a crucial part of social and emotional learning. It is our goal to develop a learning community (teachers, students and families) that honors diverse perspectives and welcomes the challenges that are an inevitable part of working to understand one another.
So let's begin!