“Use Your Wits” was a very common expression when I was a child but when I asked our students if they had heard the expression, not one replied, “Yes.”
At St. Michael’s, inviting our children to use their, ‘WITS” has a completely new meaning.
WITS is an acronym for the WITS Programs that bring together schools, families and communities to create responsive environments that help elementary school children deal with bullying and peer victimization.
The WITS Program teaches children how to make safe and positive choices when faced with peer conflict. The WITS acronym
· Walk away
· Talk it out
· Seek help
provides a common language that children and the adults in their environments can use to talk about and respond to peer conflicts.
WITS is not a one shot presentation on peer relations but a school-wide educational program, that will be sustained year by year. It will be a foundation for responding to and resolving conflict. With the gradual implementation of WITS, we are providing you with the first of several pamphlets to invite families to become familiar with the WITS Program and to reinforce its message at home.