Professional development practices continue this year during morning class time that fosters a safe and healthy learning environment by meeting the social-emotional needs of students’ developing competencies, including assertiveness, cooperation, empathy, perseverance, responsibility and self-control. Each morning, classrooms engage in activities designed to start the day, set goals, shake out some energy and share special moments with each other. Here are some activities shared by third graders at Lloyd Harbor elementary school – the students love it! A circle of “Greetings” in Ms. Craco’s class shows each student saying Bonjour or Ciao! and asking each other “What is one thing you did for someone else this week?” Ms. Barrese’s students did a morning “Sharing” activity, explaining something they did that was “productive.” And Ms. Franciscovich’s students did two group activities – the second of which was their favorite called “Coconut” which got a lot of energy out with a rock-paper-scissor game where you sway and dance once you reach …palm tree, royal – then coconut!