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Feelings vary in strength.  When our feelings are very strong, we need to learn how to manage them.  Calming down emotions that are getting out of control can help us to think clearly, and avoid negative consequences.  Staying in control of our emotions and actions helps us to get along better with others, and be successful in school.

Learning to recognize when our feelings are becoming too strong is very important.  When those emotions are becoming too strong we can begin to use some Calming Down strategies.  The first two steps to Calming Down are to name a Stop Signal, and to name our emotion, (Am I sad, frustrated, worried, etc.?).

If you would like to learn more about Second Step, the Social/Emotion Learning curriculum Canyons School District is using,  please log onto, (Links to an external site.) and create a family account.  You can then access videos, home links for lessons, etc.  In order to create a family account, you will need an access code.  Access codes are as follows:

Kindergarten: SSPK FAMI LY70

First Grade: SSP1 FAMI LY71

Second Grade: SSP2 FAMI LY72

Third Grade: SSP3 FAMI LY73

Fourth Grade: SSP4 FAMI LY74

Fifth Grade: SSP5 FAMI LY75

If you have additional questions about Second Step, please contact your child’s teacher, or our School Counselor Mary Lynne Richardson at

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