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Children's Friendship Conference

For Third Grade Students

Children's Friendship Conference Postponed

After much consideration and in an abundance of caution, we have decided to postpone this Friday’s Children’s Friendship Conference. Our goal is to mitigate the risk associated with the increasing spread of the COVID-19 virus. We apologize for the disappointment this may cause you, and hope you understand these decisions were made with the consideration of the health and safety of everyone involved. We will decide after spring break the reschedule date.

March 6 and March 13
9:30 am– 11:30 am
Columbia College Campus

The Tuolumne County Superintendent of Schools Office will host the Children’s Friendship Conference on Friday, March 6th and Friday, March 13th (depending on your school’s assigned date below). 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, Tuolumne Me Wuk Indian Health Center, Behavioral Health and the YES Partnership.

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 families 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 Friendship Conference, students will learn through group activities, songs, and interactive games on 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.

Conference Schedule

9:15-9:30 Students Arrive

9:30-9:45 Opening Program

9:45-11:00 Student Groups

11:00       Back to School Groups

11:00-11:30 Closing Program/Group Photo



“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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