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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!

Want to introduce your parents to our friendship strategy at Meet the Teacher Night? Consider your slideshow done!

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Start the school year off right by introducing your students and parents to our whole-school friendship strategy. Integrate these slides into your Meet the Teacher Night presentation to quickly share URSTRONG’s core concepts. Remind the parents of these key points:

  • Consistency is key. It’s important that teachers & parents speak the same language and support kids as a team.
  • The word “bullying” is confusing. Remind parents we use the term “Mean-on-Purpose” instead.
  • About 85% of conflicts are Friendship Fires. Rarely are children intentionally mean. Hurt feelings, misunderstandings, and disagreements are normal.
  • Kids can solve their own problems. Our main goal is to empower the kids with the skills to put out their own Friendship Fires and stand up to Mean-on-Purpose behavior.
  • Friendly vs Friendship. We teach kids to be kind and friendly to everyone, but encourage them to spend time in healthy friendships.
  • Mirror Neurons are real. Children mirror the behavior of people around them and it’s important parents are showing their children how to be kind.

Encourage the parents to meet with you in person if they have any concerns. Reinforce that you are a team and be sure to remind them there are loads of Parent Resources on the URSTRONG website to support them on this journey.