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 continuing with our 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.


Our Social Development Books of the Month for January are The Good Egg by John Jory (K-2) and Chicken Sunday by Patricia Pollacco (3-6). The Theme of the Month for January is Forgiveness. Please see a preview of both books below.




Our Social Development Committee is comprised of teachers and parents. The members on our committee for the 2020/2021 school year are as follows:

  • Diana Amara (school counselor)

  • Amy Lippincott (5th grade teacher)

  • Stephanie Conashevick (kindergarten teacher)

  • Keri Sciuto (2nd grade teacher)

  • Mike O'Brien (3rd grade teacher)

  • Elaine Fleischer (speech and language pathologist)

  • Geane Giordano (physical education teacher)

  • Meg Gister (music teacher)

  • Jen Larkin (special education teacher)

  • Allison Abramson (parent)

  • Jessica Dobratz (parent)