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Roots of Empathy Program

We are pleased to be a participating school in the Roots of Empathy program again this year. Roots of Empathy is an evidence-based classroom program that has shown dramatic effect in reducing levels of aggression among school aged children by raising social/emotional competence and increasing empathy. The program reaches elementary school children from Kindergarten to Grade 8.

During the 2016 - 2017 academic year, we are excited to have Baby Blake and Baby Valentina participating in the program here at OLMC. Baby Blake is our “tiny teacher” in Mr. Daly’s grade 8 class, and is a cousin to one of the students in the class. Baby Valentina is our “tiny teacher” in Miss Giacomelli’s grade 1 class and is a baby sister to one of the students in the class. Baby Blake and Baby Valentina visit the classroom once a month and the students have the opportunity to observe, interact and learn from these tiny teachers.

Mrs. Nancy Krell is the Instructor instructing the Roots of Empathy program here at OLMC. This is her fourth year instructing. Mrs. Krell has instructed the program in primary, junior, and intermediate classrooms with families from our school community or connected to our school community.

Baby Blake at his first visit with his new friends in the grade 8 class. Baby Blake is trying out the Roots of Empathy Infant roll for the first time.

Baby Valentina at her first visit with her new friends in the grade 1 class. The class is comparing Baby Valentina’s size to that of the Roots of Empathy Doll.
Roots of Empathy Program

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!