YCMS Counseling through Connections
December Newsletter - 2017
‘Tis the Season to Be Confident and Believe in Yourself!
December brings us the most wonderful time of the year. As such it is an excellent time to reflect on the passing year while at the same time preparing for the opportunities of the New Year.
When I was a little girl, one day on the bus ride home my brother told me that there was no Santa. I was so upset and remember arguing with him that there was too a Santa. Then after getting off the bus and walking to the house all I could think was "Poor Frankie he doesn't believe." Santa was less a concern than my brother’s unwillingness to believe.
The power of believing is what sustains us – whether it is a belief in Santa, the Sugar Plum Fairy, in each other or simply a belief that we are here for a purpose. Believing keeps us resilient. It is the gateway to hope and inspiration. The power of believing keeps our spirit alive and gives us the confidence to carry on.
My wish for all of you this holiday season is that you stop thinking about it as just one more hassle of life to "get through". That instead you see it as an amazing opportunity for reflection and inspiration. Take a leap of faith this holiday season. Look around, really look around you and see the confidence and the power within you to make a difference.
If you take a deep breath, pause and inhale the moments of this holiday season, I am confident that you will hear music differently, see acts of kindness and generosity all around you, and you will not only see the needs and sadness of others but you will feel compelled to act. The holiday season will become a gift that you give yourself.
Remember to hold tight to the belief in yourself, as it is the truest, strongest thing we will ever possess. It is the one thing that can never be taken or controlled by others. It is ours and only ours.
I believe in myself and have confidence to... York Chester Middle Confidence Challenge Video
Celebrating Students: York Chester Recognizing Achievement during Honor Roll Celebration
December Students of the Month
“I Think I Can! I Think I Can!”
Here are few strategies that can help increase belief in yourself.
Acknowledge Your Uniqueness. Believe in yourself and know that you are one of a kind. There is no one else like you on this planet. No one looks like you, has the same talents, experiences, or perspective as you do.
Give it Your Best. When you do the best you can, with the best of what you've got, you can't help but feel good about yourself and that confidence comes through in everything that you do.
Practice makes perfect. The more you can practice, the better you will perform and the more confident you will become.
Accomplish something. Set goals for yourself and then push yourself to reach them. Self-confidence soars when you know you can do what you put your mind to. It makes you feel unstoppable.
Confront your fears. There's nothing that destroys self-confidence more than succumbing to fear.
Believe in Yourself Motivational Video
November #ThxLeads2Giving Challenge Comes to a Close with YCMS students Making a Difference and Giving Back
The Week of December 4th - Holiday Reflection Door Decorations
Make-up Picture & Club Picture Day
Winter Spectacular Band Concert
Winter Chorus Concert
'Tis the Season to Be Confident and Believe in Yourself End of Year Reflections
During advisory York Chester students will do an “End of the Year Reflection” where they will look back over the year, remember what happened, reflect on those things and then seek to discern meaning, purpose and lessons learned.
School Movie Night Sponsored by Parent Advisory
Come out and have your picture made with Santa!
United Nations Curriculum Brunch
Parents are invited to join us for brunch that will showcase our students as they share the exciting activities that they have been working on in Language Arts and Social Studies classes.
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