Early Learning Center
We are a strong team, and our goal is to provide continuity across district social work programs!
The Conflict Manager Programs in Oswego train fourth and fifth grade students to help other children resolve certain non-physical disputes. Conflict Managers are nominated by their teachers and peers based on the following qualities:
Potential benefits to students involved in the program include increased self-confidence and positive problem-solving skills. Potential benefits to the school include decreased discipline referrals and a sense of safety in the school environment, thus allowing students more time for learning and teachers more time for teaching.
The responsibilities of Conflict Managers include:
Monthly lunch meetings
Lunch recess duty on a rotating basis
Make up work missed during training or mediations
This program is designed to give children the foundation for good conflict resolution skills as well as character building. This program focuses on the following "I-Care Rules:"
We listen to each other.
Hands are for helping, not hurting.
We use I-Care language
We care about each others feelings.
We are responsible for what we say and do.
The children will also learn and be encouraged to use I-Messages:
Use the person's name
Tell how you feel ("I feel...")
Tell why ("when...")
Tell what you want ("and I would like you to...")
The School Social Worker visit each first grade classroom on a regular basis. Please ask your child about his/her experiences with I-Care Cat.
We are happy to have your children in our schools and would like to make his/her learning experience as meaningful as possible. The adjustment to a new school may be difficult or scary, therefore, some schools offer new kid lunch programs.
The programs are designed to help children become familiar with the building, make new friends, and feel comfortable in their new school environment. Information is sent home from participating schools in the beginning of the year.
Many resources are available on a variety of topics at each building.
Information is available about the following and more:
Grief and Loss
Mental Health Issues
Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)
Contact your school social worker to access specific materials.
RAINBOWS is a special program offered at elementary schools consisting of peer support groups to help children who have suffered a loss through death, separation, divorce or a family transition such as a remarriage. Each peer support group is facilitated by a trained adult.
When something significant happens in a family, such as a death or separation, the entire family is affected. Even though death, separation and divorce may appear initially to be adult problems, these do have profound effects on children in the family. Not only do parents grieve, children do also. Because of their age and limited life experience, children find it difficult to verbalize their feelings, and often can seem as though they are "fine". We have trained staff who help children put their feelings into words, work through their grief, build a stronger sense of self-esteem, and begin to accept what has taken place in the family.
Through RAINBOWS, we hope to assist your child in expressing and understanding his or her feelings, to feel acceptance for what has happened and to feel a sense of belonging. This will be accomplished through the channels of peer support, caring, trained adults to guide them and a secure place to share where confidentiality is stressed.
Please look for registration information in the Fall.
Rainbow Weekly Topics:
Self – “One of a Kind”
Feelings – “Inside Out”
Divorce/Death/Loss – “Why My Family?”
Divorce/Death/Loss – “Making the Pieces Fit”
Anger and Hurt – “Blowups and Letdowns”
Fears and Worries – “Facing Fears and Worries”
Family – “We Are a Family”
Belonging – “Where Do I Fit In?”
Stepfamily – “The Stepfamily”
Acceptance – “Endings and Beginnings”
Coping Tools – “Weathering the Storms”
Reaching Out to Others – “Reaching Out”
Operation Snowflurry is founded on the belief that every human being has the capacity to make sound decisions regarding his or her own life, based on accurate information and an understanding of one's self.
Operation Snowflurry seeks to bring together fourth grade students, community professionals and other caring adults to develop a trusting relationship and provide a framework for understanding ones self and others through large and small group sessions covering:
Setting Goals and Following Your Dreams
Drug and Alcohol Prevention
The program also strives to teach youth those skills that develop healthy peer relationships, resist negative peer pressures and promote responsible decision-making. The program takes place on a Saturday in February each school year.
Contact the Elementary Social Workers
Lori de la Cruz
Natasha St. Victor