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A Letter from the Rye Youth Council's Youth Educator Jessica Lodato

Dear Parents,

As the 2019-2020 school year draws to a close, so does the social and emotional learning of the 3rd and 4th graders of the Rye City School District (RCSD) for this year. I wanted to share with you what a joy it has been to work with your children to bring the important topics of social and emotional learning into their classrooms, and watch them ponder, grow and learn!

With the unfortunate transition to remote learning, the interactive nature of presenting these topics had to be adjusted to video presentations, which was a learning curve for me! Fortunately, as I tell your children, struggle brings growth. If your children attend Milton School and were unable to benefit from these talks in person, the videos I created can be viewed on Rosie Bracciodiettas’s Google Classroom. You can also view them on the RYC YouTube channel, accessible from the home page off our website,

Social and emotional learning (SEL) is the process through which children and adults understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions. Social and emotional well-being and learning these life skills are essential to a happy and healthy life.

The SEL curriculum that I deliver to the RCSD elementary schools addresses the topics of bullying, inclusion, self-esteem, and peer pressure in addition to other important topics such as dealing with sadness and the importance of empathy and gratitude.

The mission of the RYC is to support the social and emotional health and mental well-being of our community’s youth. What better way to help fulfill that mission than by working with the RCSD to deliver this curriculum to our 3rd and 4th grade children!

I wish you all a wonderful, safe, and happy summer. It is an absolute pleasure to work with your children and to explore the topics of social and emotional learning throughout the school year.


Jessica Lodato (Ms. Jess) Youth Educator

Rye Youth Council