YCMS Counseling through Connections

October - 2016

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The power of one person. The power of one act of kindness.

I often think the power of kindness is underestimated. Say kind things, be nice to others... it seems pretty straightforward. How can something so simple have an impact on the things we say and do, or the way we think?

Kindness is more than just making people feel good. I believe that kindness connects us as human beings, and brings us closer to the people and communities around us.

It is amazing how one, small outwardly act of kindness can create a cascade of positive responses. Not only does it help transform your own mood, but through it, you can help transfer your own happiness to the world around you. This act is greater than you and me; it creates a more positive community of kinder, more thoughtful individuals.

Today, I challenge you to do something without the intention of receiving “a return.” It can be anything from complimenting a stranger to writing a teacher a thank you note. Whatever it is, YOU, as the giver, will feel the richness of what you are offering to the world. For example, today, I sent a care package to a friend who is going through a tough time!

Have some fun with it; be creative!

I've got the power to... York Chester Middle Kindness Challenge

York Chester Middle Kindness Challenge

YCMS Accepts the Challenge and Celebrates the #PowerOfOne

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Blue Shirt Day – Monday, October 3rd

Show your York Chester Cougar Pride and let’s Unite for kindness and compassion.

What are your true colors when it comes to bullying? If you care about kind and

compassionate schools and communities make your color BLUE on Blue Shirt Day. That’s the day everyone can come together—in schools, communities, and online—and send one large BLUEmessage of support, hope, and unity.

The Week of October 10th

Make friends with someone you don’t know at school throughout the week and we’ll all wear ribbons on the 10th supporting Rachel’s Challenge.

If you've ever been isolated from others at school or you were new at school and it took time to make friends, you know what it feels like to be left out. Or even if you were never isolated, imagine how it would feel.

Be a leader. Take action and don't let anyone at school be in isolation.

Wednesday, October 12th - Make a Difference Pledge Card Drive

We will challenge students to make a pledge to do something that will "Make a Difference" in their community and to complete a pledge card describing any small act of kindness they can perform for a person, a family or community in need.

The Week of October 17th - #PowerOfOne Door Contest

This year’s theme is #PowerOfOne and bonus points will go to the doors that use this logo in their designs. Students during connections should design doors that reflect Rachel’s Challenge of kindness and compassion. Judging will begin at 1 p.m. Thursday, October 22nd. The class that wins will get doughnuts!!

Wednesday, October 26th - Kindness Mix it Up at Lunch Day

Let's all take our lunch outside and enjoy some music with activities and Mix it Up!!!

Super Hero Day - October 31st

Dress as your favorite Superhero. No masks.
For the Heroes: A Pep Talk From Kid President

My Superpower is KINDNESS. What's yours?

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Congratulations October Students of the Month

The following students were chosen by their teachers for being kind and showing compassion toward others! Congratulations to Yulisa Marcelinos-Silvan and Juliet Garcia, 6th grade; Beatriz Gonzalez Median and Cindy Quiterio, 7th grade; Janet Marcelino-Silvan and Brianna Byrnes, 8th grade.

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Kindness Boomerang - This is What Life is All About

One act of kindness can turn in to multiple acts of kindness and one day will return to you.
Just think about this the next time you see someone and give them a quick smile or do them a small favor. We should all strive to be kind. Go ahead and pass it on.
Life Vest Inside - Kindness Boomerang - "One Day"

Congratulations to our 7th grade students that were invited to participate in the Duke University Talent Identification Program

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Bible Club is Off to a Great Start!

Don't worry, if you missed the start of Bible Club! You can join ANYTIME during the year.
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Upcoming Events

Early Dismissal

Thursday, October 20th

Early Dismissal for students. School professional development day.

Annual Music & Arts Festival

Saturday, October 22nd

Fall Pictures

Wednesday, October 25th

Up Arrow Party

October 31st

Hello FALL

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