Guidance Dept Newsletter - LFMS

2016-17 Edition 4 - Winter Newsletter

Student of the Month Focus

Our Student of the Month awards focus on three qualities - Academic Excellence, Outstanding Effort, and a Leadership focus in the area of our monthly PRIDE theme. Teachers and staff will be looking for students who portray excellence in one of these areas. Students of the Month will be recognised during PRIDE time. The 3rd Quarter Leadership expectations are as follows:


Pride Expectation: Positive

Positive is defined as a good, or useful quality or feature; to show acceptance or approval. For example, being positive means to believe in the good qualities of someone or something or to be hopeful or optimistic.

Theme: The focus this month is Starting the Year Positively. It's a new semester and a new year. Start with a clean slate and set positive goals for yourself. The challenge for students this month is to believe positively in yourself and in others. Begin by setting yourself achievable goals whether it's to turn in daily homework on time or to be kinder to someone by saying something positive to someone each day. Identify a short-term goal that will help you start the year positively!


Pride Expectation: Respectful

Respectful means to show high regard or courtesy.

Theme: This month's focus is Building a Caring Community. A student may help build a caring community in our school as well as our local community by actively supporting and participating in activities within the school and local community. Participating in programs such as the Peer Tutoring Program, Bears Take Pride, Lion's Heart, or simply attending and supporting fellow student extracurricular activities such as school concerts are all examples of students building a caring community. The challenge this month is to select a new activity within the school or local community that helps or supports someone in your community that you are not already involved with or to refresh your involvement in an activity you've previously participated in but have not been recently active.


Pride Expectation: Integrity

Integrity means total honesty and sincerity; to adhere to a moral and ethical code.

Theme: This month's focus is about Having Integrity Online. Having integrity online includes both academic and social integrity. For example this would include avoiding plagiarism when using the internet for school writing assignments, avoiding posts on social media about others that compromise another's image or . Your challenge this month is to determine where you stand in your own online values. Check out some of the resources on for Kids and Childnet for Secondary School Students this month.

Watch This Video for Positive Words You Can Use to Start the Year Positively!

The ABC song

Upcoming Groups or Workshops

All Workshops are held in the Counseling Center - J208 unless otherwise noted.

Mondays - January 23rd - March 27th

Girls, Inc. is coming to Las Flores. A 10 week group focusing on Mind and Body specifically for girls. Topics will include self esteem, body image, relationships, nutrition and stress management. For more information and permission forms, click here.

Friday - January 27th - Lunch/PRIDE - Organisational Skills Workshop - Students will be focusing on organizing their backpacks during PRIDE this month. If you would like additional help doing this or would like to gain tips on how to stay organized, come to this workshop.

Wednesday -February 8th - 8:30-9:30 - Kindness Cards Activity - Make a difference in our community by making kindness cards for less fortunate children at CHOC or for senior citizens at a local senior center (place TBD).

Wednesday - March 8th 8:30-9:30 - Speaker for Online Safety - we will offer a workshop with either a speaker or a video presentation and discussion activity for students interested in learning more about how to be safe online and with technology.


Additional Workshops will be offered the 2nd Wednesday of each month centered around the School's Theme of the Month.

What Makes a Caring Community?

Kindness Starts With One...

This is the motto of The Random Acts of Kindness Foundation (RAK). RAK's mission according to their website is to "live every day working to make kindness effortless and have selfless acts be the norm." February 12-18th is Kindness Week. Check out some examples from these adolescents on how you can make a difference -

Surina's story
Emily's story

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Take this quiz to see how "Cyber Civic" you are.
What is Digital Citizenship?

Is Your Child Addicted to Technology?

This article by Laura Devaney, Director and Editor of Content Services at eSchool Media, shares a report that half the teenage population is addicted to their mobile devices. Click the Report below to read more.

Childnet International Helps Make the Internet a Safer Place for Children

Explore Childnet resources for tips and articles on internet safety including cyberbullying, online reputation, social networking, downloading, sexting, gaming, online grooming, apps, location services, premium rate content, video chat and webcam, and online security. This website and non-profit organisation offers information for educators, parents, and youth. Follow this link for the Childnet Hub for youth ages 11-18, use this link for primary age youth, for parents and caregivers, use this link.

Childnet's Top Tips for Online Safety are shown below...

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CyberSafety Resource Tips for Kids

Safety net Kids offers Top 10 Tips for:

Staying Safe Online

Mobile Phone Safety and

If You're Being Bullied Online

Second Step Classroom Guidance Lessons

Mrs. Goddard, School Counselor will also be conducting quarterly classroom guidance lessons to all grade levels during the school year. This quarter's lesson for 6th graders focuses on Emotions - Brains and Body which will help students learn how strong emotions affect both their brain and body. The 7th and 8th graders lesson will be on Coping With Stress.

Quicklink Resources

Guidance Webpage Information and/or links on the Academic Domain such as study skills, test taking, tutoring resources, and useful links for help with English writing and Math skills

Counselors Corner Resource Personal-Social Domain including stress management, conflict mediation, grief, and social skills

College and Career Guidance Information about high school graduation requirements, college admissions, and career choices.

Students Helping Students (SHS) This peer tutoring program matches students with a peer tutor for weekly tutor sessions before or after school or during lunch.

Mrs. Teri Graffeo - Academic Advisor Q-Z

Ms. Graffeo splits her responsibilities with Ladera Ranch MS. She will be available on site at Las Flores MS on Tuesdays and Fridays. You may also reach her via email.

Ms. Kristin Larsen - School Counselor Intern

Ms. Larsen is a graduate counselling student at Cal State University Long Beach and is completing her internship with Las Flores Middle School. She is available Thursdays and Fridays.

Ms. Brittney Pacini - School Counseling Graduate Practicum Student

Ms. Pacini is a graduate counselling student at Chapman University and is completing her Practicum hours with Las Flores Middle School. She is available Mondays and Tuesdays.

Mrs. Sonia Eatmon - School Psychologist

Mrs. Lynda Sherman - Registrar, Guidance Secretary

Non-Discrimination Statement

The Board of Trustees desires to provide a safe school environment that allows all students equal access and opportunities in the district’s academic and other educational support programs, services, and activities. The Board prohibits, at any District school or school activity, unlawful discrimination, including discriminatory harassment, intimidation, and bullying of any student based on the student’s actual or perceived race, color, ancestry, national origin, nationality, ethnicity, ethnic group identification, age, religion, marital or parental status, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, or gender expression or association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics.