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Positive Peer Relationships

Resources to encourage positive social/emotional growth

If your child is experiencing social/emotional difficulty, here are some resources to assist you:


Side By Side Conversation - Use this to discuss what's going on with your child. (from Soul Shoppe)


"I Message" - Encourage your child to use the steps found on posters in every classroom in Rancho (from Soul Shoppe)


- Grades K-1 Video

- Grades 2 - 6 Video


Contact Your Child's Teacher - The first step for any school concerns whether academic, social, or emotional, is to reach out to  your child's teacher. Set up a meeting to discuss. 


Contact the School Principal - If a situation persists, make an appointment with the Principal (Sandy Kontilis - to address the issue. 


PTA Meeting Agenda - Sometimes there is a difference between the official "bullying" definition and a kid being just not a nice kid around others. Our PTA has paid for a significant portion of the Soul Shoppe training teachers and students have received, and our parent community is here to work with teachers and staff to ensure all families are positively impacted at Rancho. Contact the PTA President to put a discussion on the agenda at the next PTA meeting. Come learn about supports available to you and discuss how we can promote a positive school environment as a parent and family community. has a series called “Upstanders. It is an original collection of short stories, films and podcasts sharing the experiences of Upstanders - ordinary people doing extraordinary things to create positive change in their communities. Produced by Howard Schultz and Rajiv Chandrasekaran, the Upstanders series helps inspire us to be better citizens. Watch it with your kids!

Burger King has a great video showing the importance of being an upstander and how rare it is.