April – by Alison Coyne, Guidance Counselor

blog-1blog-4Our school pledge reminds us of the importance of treating others with kavod.  I think we can all say that the values exemplified by KBA students have always been a hallmark of our school.  Nothing warms my heart more than seeing our students offering their help and support of one another.  Do you remember the Kindness projects started in 2014 after our Fifth graders read the book Wonder?  I know that their stories left a lasting impression on me. It should come as no surprise that Kellman Brown Academy has had their first project as an applicant to become a No Place For Hate School approved.  This past fall students in grades Kindergarten - Eighth submitted drawings for what they envisioned a No Place for Hate School to represent.  A few of these drawings will be selected to become the future Tribute Cards used by KBA.  Each time a donation is made to KBA, the Community will be reminded of the values that we encompass as a school.  The No Place for Hate Initiative provides schools and communities a framework for combating bias, bullying and hatred, leading to long-term solutions for creating and maintaining a positive climate.  It provides one consistent message supported by the Anti-Defamation League that all students have a safe place to belong when at school. We have all taken the No Place for Hate Promise:

To treat others fairly. To do our best to be kind to everyone- even if they are not like us. To tell a teacher if we see someone being hurt or bullied. To allow everyone to feel safe and happy at school. To want our school to be a No Place for hate.

In our Middle School Advisory, students made banners that will be displayed in the Gymnasium depicting the school theme of responsibility and how this relates to how we treat others.


On May 19th, “Cheese” (Brawley Chisholm) from the Harlem Globetrotters will be visiting KBA to do a special program for Gan through 8th graders - “The ABC’s of Bullying Prevention.” Designed by the Globetrotters in collaboration with the National Campaign to Stop Violence, this program will help us further our goal to be a No Place for Hate.

blog-2 blog-3 blog-5What will our next projects be?  A book club?  Starting a pen pal program with students in different parts of the community, country, or world?  Making a commercial or infomercial to teach others?  I welcome your ideas and suggestions!