Second Step

What is Second Step?

Second Step is a social-emotional learning program that we implement here at EMS.

Second Step is designed to increase student success and decrease problem behaviour.

This is done by teaching students:

  • Skills for learning
  • Emotion management
  • Problem-solving skills
  • Friendship skills

Well done 2-2 Ms Nouras class on showing us how to do our Brain Builder Activities!

How to use at home:

The more students practice a skill, the better they are at using it and using it both in and out of the classroom.

The Second Step website provides homelinks for families so that you are able to help your child at home

Below are instructions to access the Second Step Home links:

  • Enter
  • ‘Create account’ - top right corner
  • ‘Enter your first activation key’
    • KG1 activation key: SSP2 FAMI LY68
    • KG2 activation key: SSP2 FAMI LY68
    • Year 1 activation key: SSP4 FAMI LY70
    • Year 2 activation key: SSP1 FAMI LY71
    • Year 3 activation key: SSP2 FAMI LY72
    • Year 4 activation key: SSP3 FAMI LY73
    • Year 5 activation key: SSP4 FAMI LY74
    • Year 6 activation key: SSP5 FAMI LY75

Second Step Announcement

This month, our school wide theme is emotion management. In our morning announcements and school assembly we’ll be prompting students to notice their own feelings by paying attention to clues in their bodies, and we’ll be reminding them to use their Second Step skills to calm down:

· Stop—Use your signal

· Name your feeling

· Calm down: Breathe, count, use positive self-talk

These skills help students calm down strong emotions when faced with learning and social challenges, which helps them succeed academically and get along well with others.

Second Step lessons specifically teach about calming down strong emotions such as anger, disappointment, frustration, and anxiety. You’ll be receiving Home Links that describe why managing strong emotions is important and include fun activities to do with your child to help him or her identify strong feelings and calm down. We hope the Home Links will give you tools to use together when your child is upset.

Please tell your child’s teacher if you have any questions about how you can help your child learn to identify feelings and show empathy and compassion at home.