Roots of Empathy Program
We are pleased to be a participating school in the Roots of Empathy Program. Roots of Empathy is an evidence-based classroom program that has shown dramatic effect in reducing levels of aggression among schoolchildren by raising social/emotional competence and increasing empathy. The program reaches elementary schoolchildren from Kindergarten to Grade 8.
During the 2012 - 2013 academic year, we are excited to announce that Mrs. Ricci (former OLMC teacher) and baby Ella will be participating in the program with Mrs. Radencich's Grade 4 class. Mrs. Brenda McCormack, our ROE Instructor, will begin the program with a pre family visit in October and will share theme one, "Meeting the Baby" with the students. Mrs. Ricci and Ella's first visit to the classroom will follow.
We wish to extend our thanks to Mrs. Ricci and baby Ella for agreeing to participate in the Roots of Empathy Program this year. Special thanks to Mrs. McCormack for all her efforts in ensuring the continuation of the Roots of Empathy Program in our school.
At this time, we have an exciting announcement regarding our ROE Instructor, Mrs. Brenda McCormack. Mary Gordon, founder of the Roots of Empathy program, has recently announced that Brenda McCormack has been promoted to the position of Manager of Program Integrity with the organization’s head office. Brenda has a tremendous amount of experience with the Roots of Empathy organization and working with the Program Integrity Department. Her passion and commitment to Roots of Empathy has continued to expand. First as a Roots of Empathy Instructor, then as a Mentor, Trainer and International Senior Mentor, and now as Manager of Program Integrity. Brenda has mentored over a hundred Instructors at every grade level in Ontario and trained Instructors and Mentors across Canada and Internationally. Congratulations Brenda, we couldn't be happier for you and we wish your continued success!