The Francis X. Hegarty Elementary School is pleased to announce the continuation of the “Lunch Bunch” program designed to promote students’ character development and social relationships. Lunch Bunch is scheduled to begin the week of January 18, 2021, where either Mrs. Carranza, School Social Worker or Ms. Kunz, School Psychologist will meet informally with small groups of students (up to 8) to discuss and provide guidance on a variety of topics. This program provides students in all grade levels, including those students who are currently remote learners, with an opportunity to experience something different during their recess. It is a fun way for students in the same grade to make new friends and practice their social skills in a safe (following NYS COVID guidelines) small group setting. Students will have their lunch in their classrooms, as per usual this year, and will attend Lunch Bunch during the recess portion of that period. Students will engage in small group social conversations and will play safe games with one another.
Some topics may include:
1. Friendships- lunch is an ideal time to encourage peer interaction (e.g., sharing interests, using kind words, taking turns)
2. Solving problems with friends
3. Making good choices
4. Common/personal interests
5. General Social/emotional issues (feelings: sad, scared, angry happy etc.)
6. Academic interests/concerns (e.g., favorite specials, homework)
These are not counseling sessions. Rather, they are meant to provide a safe nurturing environment for building relationships among students as well as relationships between student and support professionals who work in an advisory capacity. This is a voluntary program; your child is under no obligation to participate. Regular recess programs will also continue in their present form. Your child’s teacher, social worker, school psychologist and/or principal will explain the program within the next two weeks, and students will be informed how they can sign up to participate. Teachers will be assigned one day per week. On designated days, teachers will select at random who show interest in participating and who have not been opted out.
If you have any questions, please call either:
Mrs. Carranza, School Social worker: (516) 434-2685
Ms. Kunz, School Psychologist: (516) 434-2686
If you DO NOT want your child to participate, please complete the attached opt-out form and return it to your child’s teacher by January 13, 2021