October: Respect
An understanding that someone or something is important and should be treated in an appropriate way

 ​* October is National Bullying Prevention Month *

In October, students will focus on having respect for each other’s differences, personal property, and our surrounding environment. We will celebrate the diversity and uniqueness of the PS41 community, and our role as respectful citizens of New York and the greater global community. Students will distinguish what is and is not bullying, learn proactive anti-bullying skills, and how to help mediate potentially hurtful situations.


Home-to-School Connection
Practice respect at home with your child! Please choose from the following options or create your own.

Make time to talk, take time to listen...
Select as many questions as you would like to discuss. These questions are intended to serve as a starting point for you and your child to learn more about yourselves and each other.


Why is it important to be respectful?
How can you show respect to others in our community?

  • Think of three or more ways to show respect to your family, classmates, teachers, custodians, and other community members
  • How can I be respectful of people who are different than me?

  • When might it be hard to be respectful? Why?

What could you say or do if someone is not being respectful to you?
Consider whether you are being unkind to others. Are there actions you take or words you say that are unkind? How could you behave differently?
How can you show respect for the environment?
What is bullying?
Who could you speak to, and get help from, if someone is bullying you?
What choices do you have when confronted by bullying or bullies?

  • What are some ways you can stand up to a bully?

  • What is the difference between a silent bystander and an active bystander?

Do you think that bullying could disappear and not exist? Why or why not?

Recommended Reads  Ps41/RecommReads2
Find a book that you think is most appropriate to read with your child, from some of our favorites... 

I Like Me (Nancy Carlson)
A Tree is Nice (Janice May Udry)
Chrysanthemum (Kevin Henkes)
Different Just Like Me (Lori Mitchell)
Hey, Little Ant (Philip Hoose)
It's Okay To Be Different (Todd Parr)
The Berenstain Bears and the Golden Rule (Stan Berenstain)
The Crayon Box that Talked (Shane Derolf)
What I Like About Me: A book celebrating differences (Allia Zobel Nolan)
Whoever You Are (Mem Fox)

Kindergarten-2nd Grade
A Tree is Nice (Janice May Udry)
Bully B.E.A.N.S. (Julia Cook)
Bully Blockers Club (Teresa Bateman)
Chrysanthemum (Kevin Henkes)
Do Unto Otters: A Book About Manners (Laurie Keller)
Enemy Pie (Derek Munson)
Hey, Little Ant (Philip Hoose)
Horton Hatches the Egg (Dr. Suess)
How to Lose All Your Friends (Nancy Carlson)
It's Okay To Be Different (Todd Parr)
Just Like You (Robert Kroupa)
Michael Recycle Meets Litterbug Doug (Ellie Bethel)
Stop Picking on Me (Pat Thomas)
Tease Monster (Julia Cook)
The Crayon Box that Talked (Shane Derolf)
The Recess Queen (Alexis O'Neill)
Weird!: Book 1, Dare!: Book 2, Tough!: Book 3  (Erin Frankel)
What I Like About Me: A book celebrating differences (Allia Zobel Nolan)
Whoever You Are (Reading Rainbow Books) (Mem Fox)

3rd Grade-5th Grade
Alley Oops (Janice Levy)
And Here's to You! (David Elliott)
Bully (Patricia Polacco) 
Confessions of a Former Bully (Trudy Ludwig)
Enemy Pie (Derek Munson)
If the World Were Blind (Karen Gedig Burnett)
Juice Box Bully: Empowering Students to Stand up for Each other (Bob Sornson)
Just Kidding (Trudy Ludwig)
My Secret Bully (Trudy Ludwig)
Nobody Knew What to Do: A Story About Bullying (Albert Whitman)
One (Kathryn Otoshi)
Say Something (Peggy Moss)
Trouble Talk (Trudy Ludwig)

Additional Resources for Parents and Students

Kids Against Bullying - Pacer's Center

Stop Bullying - Parents
Stop Bullying - Kids