KN Counseling Newsletter

February 2021

CHARACTER WORD OF THE MONTH:

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Community Character Recognition Event:


If your child earned Student of the Month for Character for the month of January, they will be recognized at the beginning of the KNHS Varsity Baseball Game on April 19th. The whole family will receive FREE admission! Be there by 4:30 PM! See you there! :)

February Panther Pantry
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KNE - Amie Wheeler

February Counseling Lessons:


Lesson #1 (K-1) - Acceptance

Video - The Reflection in Me (youtube.com)

Book Reading - Thelma the Unicorn by Aaron Blabey

Activity - Draw a picture of one thing you love the most about yourself and share with the class


Lesson #1 (2nd-5th) - Acceptance

Video - The Reflection in Me (youtube.com) & Rocket Kids and Self-Esteem (youtube.com)

Activity - Celebrating Diversity


Lesson #2 (K-5th) - Kindness

Book Reading - Kindness is my Superpower by Alicia Ortego

Activity - What Could You Do If? (scenario cards) & Growing in the Right Direction?


WE - Andrew Leonard

Strategy of the Month: Conflict Resolution


Everyone feels, thinks, and behaves differently in many diverse environments at school, at home, and in public. With these differences conflicts may arise! Here are some tips to help your student(s) resolve conflicts with others around them! Pick a strategy to practice with your student and role play different scenarios to set them up for success!

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Upcoming WE Dates:


Virtual Character Assembly for Acceptance: February 26th


Small Group Counseling: Monday - Friday during lunch times

*Reach out if you would like your student to participate in small groups!


KINDNESS WEEK - February 14th-20th


Counseling Lessons:


  • Lesson 1 (February 1st-12th) - Reading stories, videos, activities relating to diversity & expressing 100% acceptance to everyone


  • Lesson 2 (February 14th-26th) - What does it mean to be kind? How can you show kindness at school, home, and in the community?

KNMS - Heather Wallace & Taylor Morrison

February Counseling Lessons:


  • 6th Grade - February 3rd
  • 7th Grade - February 17th
  • 8th Grade - February 16th


Counseling Topics to Be Discussed:


  • 6th Grade - Acceptance & Being Kind


  • 7th Grade - Acceptance & Being Kind


  • 8th Grade - Individual Career & Academic Plan (ICAP) & Completion of the Career Interest Inventory
Important Dates for 8th Grade Families:



  • Feb 10th - Warrensburg Area Career Center (WACC) Virtual Tour


  • Feb 11th - 8th Grade Parent Night - Virtual Zoom Meeting (click here for more details)


  • Feb 19th - In-House KNHS Elective Fair


  • Feb 22 thru March 12th - 1:1 ICAP Meetings with 8th Grade Students


**We HIGHLY recommend families go through the KNHS Course Guide together and discuss some of the classes their child is interested in taking during their 4 years at KNHS. All students have access to this year's course guide within the Counseling Google Classroom. The 2021-2022 KNHS Course Guide should be released within the next couple of weeks!**

WANT TO KNOW MORE!?


Check out the KNMS Virtual Counseling Center (new this school year)! Click here to enter.


February 1st-5th is NATIONAL SCHOOL COUNSELING WEEK! Learn more about the KNMS Counseling Program HERE!

KNHS - Laura Kennedy & Melissa Steerman

February 23rd & 25th: 2021-2022 Enrollment Conferences


High School Counselors have been working closely with the Knob Noster High School team in developing some new, exciting opportunities for students. The course description book is being revised with an updated approach when looking at high school education. With career and college readiness in mind, the high school is working with the local Johnson County Economic Development team to discover more about career demands in our local area and in the state. Course selections will be made very soon for the 2021-2022 school year as high school counselors will present on the upcoming changes in classroom presentations to juniors, sophomores, freshmen and 8th graders. KNHS counselors are also working closely with seniors in the next month as they assist in helping to finalize post-secondary plans, apply for colleges and scholarships, manage any college/trade school entrance exams, and prepare for the last few months of high school.


The Class of 2021 has had quite a year while still balancing the pandemic's restrictions. We are so proud of the Class of 2021 and are so excited for their future!

Home Discussion Challenge - Technology

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Toddler - Preschool

  • Establish early-on that your children must ask before being allowed to use tech devices and they must always use them with care.


  • Set time limits. Technology can help us learn, but help them see the difference between tech time and doing more active things. It's all about balance!


  • Spend tech time together & not always them being isolated on their devices.

Early Elementary

  • Start looking into installing child restrictions on their devices. Let them know what they are and why you are doing so. Explain that there are some things on the internet that are not okay for them to see or read.


  • Tell them if they ever see something they think they aren't supposed to online to tell you right away and reassure them they won't be in trouble.


  • If your child has begun playing tech based games with other children (apps, Playstation, Xbox, Switch, etc), start asking them if it is okay to act different when playing a video game online vs. in person? This type of conversation can introduce cyber etiquette and the idea that is not okay to treat people differently just because you're online.

Late Elementary

  • By the end of elementary school, many kids have cell phones and access to social media. This is a great time to start talking about privacy issues. Most social media apps have an age recommendation of 13+. Discuss what information is NEVER okay to give out on the internet.


  • As your child is getting older, they will begin to have broader access to the internet. Revisiting the "stranger danger" conversation is a great idea as many kids will start to be introduced to the opportunity of talking to strangers online through social media or online games.

Tweens

  • Stay up to date on what apps your child and their friends are using. Do your research on whether or not that app is developmentally appropriate for your child & then set app boundaries with them. Many apps can be used by sexual predators to seek out potential victims. All phones allow the option to set restrictions that will only allow downloading of apps with a password that should is known by the parent.


  • Now (yes, now!) is a good time to broach the topic of using sexual language or posting sexual pictures online or via text. Make sure your child knows the potential damage it can cause both in the short & long-term.


  • This age group is prone to a certain amount of teasing and ostracizing causing cyberbully to become a disturbing trend. In worse case scenarios, it has resulted in some children choosing to take their own lives. Keep an open dialogue going with your child on this subject and be sure to inquire if they've seen other children treated unkindly online. Also, while it is normal for tweens to be moody and somewhat withdrawn, be watchful for dramatic or unhealthy behavior changes, as it could be an indication that they are being bullied.

Teens

  • By now, many teens are on social media. They are going to need your support in managing the ways social media can affect their self-esteem. Remind them that most people only put their best selves forward on social media and they should be careful not to compare themselves to what they see. If it becomes a problem, help the evaluate whether or not that app is bringing them joy. It can be helpful to share any of your own struggles on these fronts, so they see that it is a problem for even adults.


  • By the time a child gets to high school, they have all probably encountered something disturbing, violent, graphic, or inappropriate on the internet. Reiterate that even though they are much older now, they still need to come to you if they come across things that make them uncomfortable or they have questions about.


  • As teens get closer to college and/or pursuing a career, they face a risk that didn't exist for their parent's generation: they're online footprint being critiqued by future colleges and employers. Have them imagine themselves in an interview for a job and being asked about something they posted online? The less you make it a lecture and the more you provide relatable examples for them, the better they will be able to process the long term consequences of their teen tech choices.

Stay in touch!

KNE - Amie Wheeler - awheeler@knr8.org


WE - Andrew Leonard - aleonard@knr8.org


KNMS - Heather Wallace - hwallace@knr8.org


KNMS - Taylor Morrison - tmorrison@knr8.org


KNHS - Laura Kennedy (Last Names A-I) - lkennedy@knr8.org


KNHS - Melissa Steerman (Last Names J-Z) - msteerman@knr8.org

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