National Inclusive Schools Week
December 2-6, 2019 is National Inclusive Schools Week. This year, we focus on the District-wide theme of "Belonging".
National Inclusive Schools Week provides an important opportunity for educators, students and parents to come together to celebrate students with all needs, build empathy and understanding and work toward the common goal of successfully educating and including children with a range of needs.
Our theme will be celebrated all week long at all school levels. Every student in grades 3 through 12 will have the opportunity to watch the award-winning short film called Ian. Children in grades K through 2 will watch a comparable video for younger children. The movies highlight inclusion and will be followed by a teacher-led discussion around our district theme of “Belonging."
We encourage you to click on the images below to watch the videos yourself and to continue the conversation at home!
Video Clip for Grades K-2
Short Film for Grades 3-12
Additional activities throughout the week will vary from school to school, including:
- 5 Days of Kindness Challenge
- Painting kindness rocks
- Guest speakers
- Structured playground activities
- Class contracts
- Bulletin board displays
- Distributing “Belonging” decals to students
- Student gatherings
- Chappaqua Public Library book displays & resources
- And more!
Enjoy talking with your children about the week, watch the videos, and celebrate the importance of creating inclusive spaces, schools, and homes where every person feels like they belong.
Thank you to the Chappaqua PTA, the Chappaqua PTA Special Education Committee, and all of the parent volunteers - especially all of the school special education chairs - for their help planning this important week for our schools.