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Character Development   

EMPATHY through Actions

Our Junior School teachers use a number of programs as part of our overall approach to supporting social and emotional development including the Second Step Program. These programs emphasize the creation of a safe classroom culture that epitomizes care and respect, clarity and consistency, relationship-building, resiliency, and self-esteem. 

We realize the importance of teaching specific
social and emotional skills and fostering the development of social competence through:
   
• building empathy
• developing language skills to support emotional well-being
• learning to identify and regulate emotional reactions
• anger management    

Many strategies are used to develop social competence skills including puppets, role-playing, photographs of situations, discussion prompts, videos and writing assignments.
QMS gave me the strength I needed to be self confident. I will always treasure the time I spent at QMS.
- Nadine Gallant, Class of '88