Guidance Dept Newsletter - LFMS

4th Quarter Newsletter Edition 7

Student of the Month Focus


Theme: Stress Management

Word of the Month: Perseverance

Perseverance is the quality that allows someone to continue trying to do something despite facing difficulties, failure or opposition. Your challenge this month is to keep trying something you find challenging until you see progress toward your goal and to pledge to continue with the task until your goal is reached.


Theme: Staying Focused & Transitions

Words of the Month: Self-Discipline & Finishing Strong

Self-Discipline means the ability to make yourself do things that should be done. Finishing Strong is your challenge this month - complete your assignments on time and be prepared for tests. The finish line is near - strive to meet your goals.

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Upcoming Workshops

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

Wednesday, April 20, 8:30 - Stress Management Activity Workshop

Join us in the Ampitheatre where we will share tips on managing stress levels and you can make your own stress balls. In the case of inclement weather, we will meet in J208.

Tuesdays beginning April 12 - May 31st -Lunch - Make a Friend, Bring a Friend

Bring your lunch and join us for some fun game activity in the Counselling Center. Help us build a caring community at Las Flores MS.

Wednesday, May 18th - 8:30-9:30 - Project Runway: "You're too skinny, you're too curvy, don't war that!"

Girls, Inc. the oldest girl-centered organization in the U.S. will be providing girls 6-8th grade with a workshop and speaker. Girls are constantly bombarded with mixed messages about their appearance. Using the power of STEM, attendees will create their own definition of beauty and learn to rock the runway in their own way. This workshop will focus on media literacy and learning about the hidden messages in media advertisements as they relate to beauty standards for women and how to break this standards and embrace their own inner/outer beauty. The workshop will include a project using circuit scribe pens, and LED lights that reinforces the idea of embracing one's beauty for those attending.

Additional Workshops may be added in May and added to this newsletter.

Finish strong Never Give-up
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6 Areas Where Kids Need To Learn Self-Discipline

"Children who develop self-discipline are more likely to live happier lives, according to a study published in the Journal of Personality" (Morin, 5/2015).

Click here to read more.

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Mark the Dates - 4th Quarter Academy Dates 5/13, 5/20 and 5/27

Please join us in the library from 3:30-5:00 on the above dates if you need to catch up on assignments or need extra support to raise your grades before the end of the quarter.

How Did We Do? How Can We Improve?

Students, we'd love your feedback on our Workshops. Click here to provide feedback and let us know what else you would like to see offered.

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.

Ms. 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 Thursdays and Fridays and every other Wednesday. You may also reach her via email.

Mr. Andrew Fredriksz - School Counselor Intern

Mr. Fredriksz is a graduate counselling student at Chapman University and is completing his internship with Las Flores. He is available Tuesdays and Thursdays.

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.