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Children's Friendship Conference

For Third Grade Students

February 24 & March 3, 2017
9:30 am– 11:30 am
Columbia College Campus

The Tuolumne County Superintendent of Schools Office will host the 2nd Annual Children’s Friendship Conference on Friday, February 24th and Friday, March 3rd. The event will host approximately 400 third grade students from every school district in Tuolumne County, including teachers and school administrators. Participants will take part in a conference-style summit designed to provide students with skills and strategies to be a good friend.

The conference will focus on teaching friendship skills facilitated by ASB/leadership students, school counselors and a number of community agencies including ATCAA Head Start, Center for a Non Violent Community, Infant/Child Enrichment Services, MeWuk Indian Health Clinic, Behavioral Health and the YES Partnership.

Over the past four years, the County Schools Office has hosted the Anti-Bullying Summit. While very popular and well attended, we are interested in investing in positive social norms for YOUNG children with the potential to influence positive behaviors and choices as they approach puberty.

In third grade, students become more aware of others and more concerned about how others view them. Their friendships with peers and relationships with adults outside their family take on greater importance. These changes make third grade an opportune time for students to learn about being a caring and supportive friend and family member, how to show respect for others, and what it means to be emotionally and mentally healthy.

California Curriculum Standards, Grade 3: Mental, Emotional and Social Health, California Department of Education, October, 2011

At the Children’s Conference, students will learn through group activities, songs, and interactive games how to describe what makes a good friend and how they can be a good friend to others including learning about friendship traits such as being supportive, caring, appreciative, empathetic and respectful.

The planning committee is looking forward to the Children’s Friendship Conference and positive outcomes for the children of our community. Should you have any questions, contact your child’s school.

School Schedule / Groups

Friday, February 24 Friday, March 3
Soulsbyville Curtis Creek
Summerville El Sonora El
Twain Harte Columbia El
Tenaya El Belleview
Jamestown Foothill Leadership


Time Activity
9:30 Arrival/ Introductions
9:40 ‘Captain Encouragement’ presentation
10:10 Instructions/Leave to classrooms
10:20 Introductions/Snack
10:30 Begin Lesson – Healthy Friendships
11:10 Walk back to Oak Pavilion
11:20 Arrive for closure
11:30 End of Conference
* Weather permitting, eat lunch at Carkeet Park or return to school site







“The commitment to support programs to prevent bullying in our schools underscores the collaborative nature of our county’s resources”, said Superintendent Bulkin. “Our work to help a child succeed is profound and taking time to engage in workshops to support prevention will help school personnel better prepare today’s students for success in school and beyond.”

Margie Bulkin

County Superintendent of Schools

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