Capturing Kids’ Hearts


Capturing Kids’ Hearts 

At Valverde we believe in the power of connections and building strong relationships.  We strive to do this with our students and with each other.  We have intentional time to build a community in each classroom during our morning family meetings.  We talk about what it means to be a good person for ourselves and for others. We work to establish strong relationships amongst the students in the classroom!   

We have built in intentional times of the day for us to have positive connections in the building and in the classroom!  Check out what we are doing!


Greeting every student at the door of their classroom to start the day on a positive note!


“Good Things” – We start each day and meeting at Valverde by sharing good things about our lives. This could be anything related to school or their personal lives. It would be a great activity to bring home to your families as well!


Affirmations (verbal and written) – We are helping students in giving and receiving affirmations. This practice is something that helps build strong connections between people and a practice we greatly value within our Valverde school community!


Social Contracts – Every classroom will co-create a social contract that all of the students agree upon in response to the following questions:


  • How do you want to be treated by the teacher/leader?
  • How do you want to be treated by each other?
  • How do you think I teacher/leader want to be treated by you?
  • How do you want to treat each other when there is a conflict?



The 4 Questions: If a student breaks the social contract we are working on helping them to make a better choice. We will ask the following questions:


  • What are you doing?
  • What are you supposed to be doing?
  • Are you doing it?
  • What are you going to do about it?


This would be a great strategy to use with your students at home as well to help them make the right choices for themselves and take ownership in it. 


We are lucky to have this program to build a strong community and family at Valverde!!!