Chester Social Development

Social Development at Chester Elementary School is an integrated program that promotes a positive school climate by providing students with the skills to navigate social and emotional issues. Numerous studies have shown that when a child knows how to solve a problem, or where to go for help with a problem then the child feels empowered and safe and is better equipped to focus on learning.

The program at Chester Elementary School began in 1996 and gained momentum through a grant from the Connecticut Center for School Change in 1997. Several integrated initiatives were created and have evolved to help Chester Elementary School be a caring school.

This year we are starting a new Social Emotional Learning Program called The Jesse Lewis Choose Love Movement. On the following pages there are links to follow and more information about our new initiative. We are very excited to be utilizing this program throughout our school.

The November Books of the Month are An Awesome Book of Thanks (K-2) and The Secret of Saying Thanks (3-6). The theme of the month for November is Gratitude. Research says that you can't have a grateful thought and an angry thought at the same time. The act of being thankful helps release dopamine, which not only makes students feel good but is also a key neurotransmitter for learning. Children who practice gratitude show more positive attitudes towards themselves and others.

We invite you to use the following discussion starters and activities with your children:

To me, gratitude is….

I show gratitude at school by…

I show gratitude at home by…

I show gratitude in my community by…

Create a gratitude coloring book. Every day, draw something you

are grateful for.



Our Social Development Committee is comprised of teachers and parents. The members on our committee for the 2019/2020 school year are as follows:

  • Diana Amara (school counselor)
  • Amy Lippincott (5th grade teacher)
  • Stephanie Conashevick (kindergarten teacher)
  • Christina Mercier (1st grade teacher)
  • Keri Sciuto (2nd grade teacher)
  • Kevin Spedding (3rd grade teacher)
  • Elaine Fleischer (speech and language pathologist)
  • Geane Giordano (physical education teacher)
  • Jen Larkin (special education teacher)
  • Allison Abramson (parent)
  • Kristen Dean (parent)
  • Jessica Dobratz (parent)