Respect For All Week, February 13-17

posted Feb 8, 2012, 7:44 AM by Sylwia Jasinski   [ updated Feb 13, 2012, 5:34 AM ]
Next week, February 13-17 is Respect for All Week.  We have planned a week of activities in an attempt to engage and educate our students on the importance of tolerance and respect. We are asking for your help throughout the week in order to make this a successful and enlightening experience for our school community.

On Monday, February 13th, we ask that all classes decorate their homeroom doors; students are encouraged to be as creative as they please. Some key focus words that you can use to help guide them are, respect, tolerance, equality, loyalty, courage, justice, hope, and honesty. What do these words mean to them? How can they use their ideas, feelings and personal experiences to create the most meaningful and unique door decoration? We are hoping this will also help promote unity within each class, grade, as well as school wide. Judging will take place on Friday, February 17th and prizes will be awarded to each grade. All doors must be completed by the end of the school day Thursday, February 16th.

Respect for All Week

@John J. Pershing

February 13th-17th, 2012


Monday February 13th:

Door decorating contest will begin 

Tuesday, February 14th:

Teen Dating Violence Awareness Day Planned classroom activity during ELA/ESL 

Wednesday, February 15th:

Planned classroom activity during Math class                                                                

Thursday, February 16th:

Planned classroom activity during Science class

Friday, February 17th:

Spirit Day!!! Everyone dress in school colors, blue and gold/yellow (jeans are welcome!)

Planned classroom activity during Social Studies class

Door judging and prizes awarded


January 30, 2012

Dear Parent or Guardian,

We are writing to inform you that February 13 through February 17, 2012 is Respect For All Week in all New York City public schools. Bullying, intimidation, and other forms of bias-based harassment have no place in our schools or communities, and we all need to work together to address this issue. For this important initiative, the Department of Education is working in collaboration with the New York City Council, United Federation of Teachers (UFT), Council of School Supervisors and Administrators (CSA), and other community partners to raise awareness about diversity and to promote respect for one another.

It is the Department of Education’s policy to maintain a safe and supportive learning environment that is free from bias-based harassment, intimidation, and/or bullying on the basis of race, color, creed, ethnicity, national origin, citizenship/immigration status, religion, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, weight or disability. Both the Citywide Standards of Intervention and Discipline Measures and Chancellor’s Regulation A-832 address these issues.

To date, several thousand teachers, parent coordinators, and other staff have received Respect For All training. Brochures have been distributed to all students, and schools have designated one or more Respect For All Liaisons who are identified on posters displayed in the school. "Respect For All Week" expands on these efforts. It is designed to continue the focus on the importance of promoting respect for diversity and creating inclusive school climates so that all students and other members of the school community feel safe and respected.

All of us grapple with issues of respect every day. Teaching children to respect others is a shared responsibility. During this week, we are asking each of you to reinforce the message of Respect For All that students will be hearing in school. We ask you to engage your children and family in meaningful discussions about respect at home. If you have questions regarding Respect For All Week, feel free to contact your school’s principal or Respect For All Liaison, or email

Thank you for your continued support of your child’s education. Please know that the Department of Education, City Council, UFT and CSA are united in our commitment to promoting respect for diversity and fostering inclusive learning environments for all students, and that we will do all we can to help make Respect For All Week a success.


Dennis M. Walcott Christine C. Quinn, Speaker

Chancellor New York City Council

Michael Mulgrew, President Ernest Logan, President

United Federation of Teachers Council of School Supervisors and Administrators

Robert Jackson, Chair

New York City Council Education Committee

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