RESCHEDULED: Soul Shoppe Assembly
Mon, Oct 28 4:54pm
***The Soul Shoppe assembly has been rescheduled to a later TBD date. We will let you know once the day is decide***
Dear fellow parents
Our Inclusion and Diversity committee is working on a variety of initiatives to build a more inclusive community at Bay Farm.  October is National Bullying Prevention month.  As part of our strategy to decrease bullying, teasing, exclusion, and other hurtful behaviors, we are pleased to announce that Soul Shoppe will be coming to campus to host their first workshop with the students this Tuesday (October 29th).  Soul Shoppe is an organization that has years of experience working with schools to foster empathy and compassion, eliminating bullying at the roots.  We hope the kids enjoy the workshops and come away feeling more connected to each other, and safer to be their true amazing selves.  Below is an introductory letter from Soul Shoppe to give you some insight into what your children will be learning.  If you have any questions about this (or other Diversity and Inclusion projects) please feel free to reach out to me anytime.
Dear Parents and Guardians,
Welcome to Soul Shoppe! We’re looking forward to supporting your children in their friendships, school life and​ social-emotional development​ this year.


Our workshops are fun and interactive, weaving life skills and tools through stories that look like common “real-life” challenges and experiences. In their first workshop, “Check In: Empty Your Balloon,” we’ll work on developing ​emotional self-awareness​ (the ability to know and say how you’re feeling and what you need) and ​self-management​ skills (the ability to regulate your emotions, know when you need help and know who to ask for it) .

Here is the language we’ll be introducing, which we encourage you to use at home with your kids!

  • ●  Feeling Buzzes: ​The way we feel when we begin to notice activation, stress, or worry in our bodies. Children will learn to identify the different body feelings that signal to them it’s time to Check-In and consider what needs they might have.

  • ●  The Balloon​: That place inside us all where feelings build up when we don’t get our needs met or when challenges arise and we don’t know what to do.

  • ●  Leaking/Emptying the Balloon​: When we take care of our feelings (by talking to a friend, playing a game, listening to music, etc.) we empty our balloons. , When we don’t empty, we often take our feelings out on those around us (leaking- through behavior, tattling, not sharing, getting physical, etc).

  • ●  Checking In​: The practice of stopping and noticing what feelings are in our balloons and what needs we have.

    Please ask your kids what they learned at Soul Shoppe, ask them to explain the balloon to you, and talk to them about how you can use the tools as a family! Together, you can name all of your favorite ways to empty your balloons--talking to friends, going for a walk, playing with a pet, crying, hugging, etc. Try modeling for your kids when your balloon is full by talking about what feelings are in your balloon and emptying it- it’s so helpful for children to see adults around them model how to empty their balloons.

    We look forward to serving your children and your school this year. Peace,
    The Soul Shoppe Workshops Team