How to bring URSTRONG to your School

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Glossary of Terms

At URSTRONG, we believe it’s important to use kids’ language for kids’ problems. That’s why we have our very own, unique language of friendship. Here are some important terms that children, parents, and teachers learn in our program.

Friendship Fire®: Any situation between you and a friend that results in negative feelings.

Mean-on-Purpose: When someone is intentionally unkind to someone else.

Quick Comeback: A very short word or phrase that is used when someone is Mean-on-Purpose. Quick Comebacks are designed to let the other person know that you heard/saw what they did and you’re not okay with it.

Friend-o-meter: A visual tool that assesses the health of friendships, ranging from the healthy zone to the unhealthy zone.

Friend-o-cycle: The normal cycle in a friendship that brings the friendship back to the healthy zone after experiencing a Friendship Fire. The phases of the Friend-o-cycle are: Healthy Friendship – Fire – Confront the issue – Talk-it-Out – Forgive & Forget – Closer & Stronger – Healthy Friendship…

4 Friendship Facts: A set of four facts that help us have realistic expectations in our friendships so we understand what is normal.

  1. No friendship (relationship) is perfect.
  2. Every friendship is different.
  3. Trust & Respect are the two most important qualities of a friendship.
  4. Friendships change…and that’s okay.

Red Shirt Girl and Striped Shirt Boy: Two characters that remind us about the importance of body language.

Friendship Ninja: A Friendship Ninja is someone who surrounds themselves with friends in the healthy zone of the Friend-o-meter. A Friendship Ninja is kind and friendly to everyone. A Friendship Ninja understands the 4 Friendship Facts and puts out their Friendship Fires when they ignite. A Friendship Ninja stands up for themselves and their friends. A Friendship Ninja makes new friends and understands that friendships change…and that’s okay. Above all else, a Friendship Ninja is someone you want to be friends with because they’re true to who they are!

We’d love to bring our whole-school friendship strategy to your school! Let’s make it happen. Here’s how!

To access this resource, you must purchase Educator Membership, Trial Membership or Parent Membership.

Our school-wide friendship strategy provides a common language for students, teachers, and parents to foster healthy relationships and manage conflict. Schools can bring our friendship strategy to life through:

  • Our Friendology 101 curriculum (videos and slideshows that teach friendship skills step-by-step)
  • Our Friendology 101 Educator Training (taught by our Founder, Dana)
  • Workshops for kids, parents, and teachers (taught by our Licensed URSTRONG Presenters)

Of course, we also have our Resource Centre packed full of activities, videos, lesson plans, and articles designed to support kids in creating healthy friendships. Join our URSTRONG Families community or our URSTRONG Schools community and get exclusive access to resources that dig in to the many issues kids are facing in their friendships.

Feel free to share this document with an administrator or teacher at your school or share with your P&C/Parent Council as a starting point.