LaTraci Aldridge, FRC

The Awe-inspiring Anecdotes of Mrs. Aldridge

September Re-Cap

In September, we talked about Conflict Resolution.

1st- 5th Grade

We discussed what conflict means. We learned that it could be a disagreement or argument. We also learned that conflict could sometimes lead to fights. We talked about the different ways we respond to conflict. Some responses are good ( telling an adult, walking away, etc) and some are not so good ( yelling, calling names, etc.). We also looked at whether conflict was good or bad. We learned that conflict isn't good or bad, but just a normal part of life. However, how we respond to conflict can be good or bad. We discussed the rules for fighting fair. (You can see a copy of that below) We also read a story called The Zax by Dr. Seuss. They did not know how to resolve conflict. We discussed what we would have done differently in their situation. Lastly, we looked at different situations and determined what the conflict was and what was the best way to resolve the conflict.

6th- 8th Grade

We also discussed conflict and the rules of fighting fair. We looked at the different ways we respond to conflict. We discussed whether conflict was good or bad. We learned different definitions that related to conflict resolution. The definitions we learned were communicate, negotiate, mediate, arbitrate, litigate, and legislate. We learned that sometimes we can't resolve conflicts on our own and we need help from others to help us. We looked at different scenarios and determined which one of our definitions best fit the situation to help resolve the conflict. Lastly, we read a poem by Shel Silverstein called Ations.

Rules for Fighting Fair

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What's coming up in October??

In October we will be discussing Friendships/ Social Skills. At a young age, we start to develop friendships and start to learn social skills. What does it mean to be a good friend? What should we do if someone isn't being a good friend? Am I being a good friend?

The 2 dates for the October class are October 23rd and October 30th. Remember, you only need to come to one class, but you are welcome to come to both. Just keep in mind that it will be the same class both times. :)

Parent Corner

Life Balance. What does that mean exactly? Is it a foreign concept in your life? I know at times it can be in mines. With the many hats (mom, wife, counselor, employee, Zumba instructor, friend, and a few more) I wear daily I sometimes feel like a circus act trying balance 8 plates on sticks all at once. And I just know they are all going to come crashing down at any moment. So what do you do when you have so many responsibilities to balance all at once One thing I have learned in the past few years is that you must and have to find time for yourself. I know a lot of times/days it seems impossible, but in order for you to be the best you its needed. A movie came out a few month ago, or even last year called Mom's Night Out and it talked about finding your oxygen. The basic premise of the movie is these mom’s who have pretty much given their all to their spouse, their children, and whoever else, but themselves. Then finally one of the mom’s has “a moment” when she feels that its just too much and that she just needs a break. In the movie the Dad tells his wife that she needs to find her oxygen. So what does that mean exactly? Well he describes her stress and the need to release it like when you’re on the airplane and the flight attendant tells you to put your oxygen mask on first before you start to help others. So this week, try to find some time just for you. Even if its just 5 minutes. Don't worry about what may not get done during that time. Just find your oxygen and see how much it makes a difference for yourself. And this goes for dad's as well!
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Parent's Corner Survey

I would like to have a little section for parent's in the newsletter like above. What I need from you is topic suggestions. What would you like to discussed in parent's corner? Go to the survey link and let me know. Click here for the link. Maybe your topic will be picked! Topics can be anything that you think may be beneficial to parents. Can't wait to see your suggestions!
“I am thankful for all of those who said NO to me. Its because of them I’m doing it myself.”– Albert Einstein