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Start with Hello Week: November 26-30

November 26th marks the beginning of Start With Hello Week at Northfield. Throughout the week, your child will have an opportunity to participate in various activities geared towards inclusion and overcoming social isolation.

Here is a sneak peak of what's to come!

    • Meaningful Monday: Students will have a chance to reflect on what Start with Hello means to them. Similar to previous years, the students will complete a quick writing assignment in class that will capture their personal connection with Start with Hello.
    • Tell Me About It Tuesday: Students will use colorful post-it notes to talk about ways that they can demonstrate kindness. All notes will be collected and displayed throughout the week.
    • We Belong Wednesday: Students are encouraged to wear the colors of the rainbow on Wednesday. We will also be revealing our post-it note display during the lunch period.
    • Thankful Thursday: We encourage all students to wear green, the official color of the Start with Hello program. We will also have our monthly Start with Hello lunch where students are asked to sit with someone new and get to know that person. Conversation starters are provided to get the ball rolling. Help out at lunch!
    • Famous Hello Friday: Our week-long festivities will conclude with some Famous Hellos. Community leaders will be sharing why they feel it's important to Start With Hello! The video vignette will be shared with students during their lunch period.

For Friday's grand finale, we need your help (and awesome connections) to make it possible! 

We are looking for people that students can connect with to record a brief video saying "Hello" to students at minimum or share a short message with students related to the importance of kindness and inclusion. The sky is the limit, but some people that come to mind that may fit the bill are coaches/scout leaders of Northfield students, first responders, members of our military, athletes, authors, community members in uniform, government officials, and the list could go on. Please work those connections or record a video yourself. Videos can be sent to Patti Morse

We appreciate your help with this endeavor. We know the kids will love it! THANK YOU!

Start With Hello is a research-based program of Sandy Hook Promise to help protect children from gun violence in our homes, schools and communities.

In its fourth year, the Northfield Elementary School (NES) the Start With Hello (SWH) program is focused on the growing epidemic of social isolation in our schools and communities, and empowering kids to create a culture of inclusion and connectedness within our school.

NES Start With Hello efforts include monthly lunches and activities, SWH ambassadors, SWH Week celebration, Buddy Bench Ambassadors, and opportunities to engage NES students, teachers and parents in activities designed to encourage children to feel more included, and empathetic and compassionate.

The NES Start with Hello Committee, made up of parents and school-based staff, plans various activities throughout the year to promote the vision and mission of Sandy Hook Promise. Please know that at no time are the events that took place at Sandy Hook Elementary discussed with students.  To volunteer or learn more, please contact Patti Morse.

Start with Hello Lunches

Click here to help out at a SWH lunch.

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Northfield Elementary School
9125 Northfield Road
Ellicott City, MD 21042

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