We Believe in Restorative Practices Instead of Punishment

At MS 839, we believe that all people are uniquely valuable and each person deserves dignity and respect. We believe that all students deserve to learn and all teachers deserve to teach in an inclusive, safe and celebratory environment. We believe that harm to one is harm to all, and we respond to harm with compassion, generosity of spirit, and opportunity for restoration. We approach problems with solutions and work from strengths in order to grow. For us, restorative justice is a daily commitment that all community members make in recognition that each of us has the capacity to be helpful, be kind, and do good.