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School-Wide Social Skills Program

Supporting Earl Students

This program is unique to Earl and accessible to all students who need it. We believe that in addition to teaching children the rigorous academic content standards that we focus on every day, we also need to focus on helping students with their social emotional learning.  Social Emotional Skills are crucial pre-requisites for success in life (e.g., mastery of standards of learning, positive peer relationships, and employment success).  Research indicates: “Social Emotional Learning programs improved students’ social-emotional skills, attitudes about self and others, connection to school, positive social behavior, and academic performance; they also reduced students’ conduct problems and emotional distress” (Durlak et. al., 2008).  We think all of these are great reasons for a School Wide Social Skills program like ours.  

We currently run social skills groups in the following areas:

  •  Social Behavioral Skills
  • Social & General Problem Solving Skills
  • Ability to Cope With Anger
  • Emotional Wellbeing and Self Esteem

These groups are held during the school day in our Club House (Room 5D). Groups meet once a week and run for 8 weeks in length.   If your child is identified as a student who might benefit from one of these groups, we will contact you for your permission to add them to the group. 

Comfort Corner
Jessica's House

Website: Jessica's House

In addition to our social skills groups, we also host Jessica’s House groups which provide trauma informed and grief support groups on our school campus for our students. The primary purpose of this support is to help your child cope with a death in the family and/or certain life experiences that may be impacting your child’s school performance. Children have the opportunity to participate in (8) week long group session here at Dennis Earl Elementary School with a trained facilitator from Jessica’s House. If you are interested in finding out more about this group and/or are interested in getting your child into the Jessica’s House group, please contact the office and we can give you a permission slip.

Tree House Club

The Tree House Club is a fun and nurturing program for children in grades 1st- 6th who have experienced a fracture in their family, this includes divorce, separation, foster children and/or single parent homes.  The Tree House Club meets once a week for eight weeks. The Tree House Club is run by Aimee Silva. The vision for this club started with a like-minded desire to provide a place for children to be children in the midst of family changes.  Without knowing it children often protect their parent or caretaker from their feelings.  Our hope is to provide a caring and nurturing place for children to process their loss with other children.   If you are interested in finding out more about this group and/or are interested in getting your child into the Three House Club, please contact the office and we can give you a permission slip.