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Being the “i” in kindness
 
Sandshore students are each the “i” in kindness. The school is celebrating New Jersey’s Kindness Awareness Month with special lessons and activities that spread good cheer.
 
School counselor Elena Melekos, at the heart of the schoolwide kindness recognition, is taking the message of the importance of kindness directly into the classroom. She’s visiting every class in the school this month, reading books about kindness and engaging students with companion activities. There’s a different book for each grade, but one thing that unites all the lessons is the appearance of a guest star: an egg named Ellie.
 
Ellie has lately been down in the dumps, evidenced by the way she sinks in a glass of water. But with a few sprinkles of Kindness Sprinkles (i.e., salt), Ellie’s mood rises and soon she’s floating on top of the water.
 
“It’s so important to teach students that our words and actions can help lift up others,” said Melekos. “Kindness makes our school, community, and world a better place.”
 
Kindness was also celebrated with two spirit weeks and several kindness challenges. Students were given lists of kind acts and challenged to perform as many as they could over the course of two weeks. The list included “Tell a joke and make someone laugh,” Make a kind poster for cafeteria helpers,” Make a new friend,” and “Step up for someone in need.” There is also a kindness challenge of the day that is announced every morning.
 
In addition, students created valentines for military personnel and cards of thanks for essential workers in the community.

Various classes engaged in their own kindness activities, too. For example, Darcy McHale’s fourth-graders celebrated kindness by creating digital notes with kind messages for their classmates. And Tricia Mitchell & Donna Rocco’s fifth-graders paired with their first grade buddies from Devon Marques & Lauren Pedersen’s class to read “Even Superheroes Have Bad Days.” The popular picture book provides kids with fun coping strategies and activities that they can do when they’re feeling sad, mad, frustrated, lonely, or afraid. As a culminating activity, the students each chose a word that describes his or her own superpower.

National Random Acts of Kindness Week and National Random Acts of Kindness Day are also celebrated in February.

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Jillian and Lillyana DiPietro show off the flag and provenance certificate gifted to Sandshore by their father

 

A gift from across the world

An American flag that watched over National Guard Captain James DiPietro in Iraq is on display in the Sandshore main office, symbolically watching over his daughters, fourth-grader Jillian and fifth-grader Lillyana.

The flag, which DiPietro recently gave to the school, has a noted history. This summer, it was one of the last flags to fly over the Taji military complex north of Baghdad during the post’s closure as a base for coalition forces and transfer back to the Iraqi government. Camp Taji had been staffed by U.S. and coalition troops since 2003.

The school gift came as a surprise to both Jillian and Lillyana. While they last saw their dad in person on June 14, a day they remember well, they text him nearly every day and video chat with him every chance they can; in those conversations, DiPietro never mentioned the flag that was en route to the school or the letter that accompanied it.

“I would be absolutely honored to have you display this flag for them [his daughters] to see,” he wrote in the letter addressed to Principal Jennifer Curry. “I would also like them to know that I may not be with them there, but they are always in my thoughts here and I love them with all my heart.”

A photo of the flag flying over Camp Taji and a certificate attesting to its historic provenance also accompanied the flag.

DiPietro, part of the New Jersey Army National Guard’s 42nd Regional Support Group in Somerset, is currently deployed at an undisclosed location somewhere in the Middle East.


 

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