OPES School Counseling Department
Parent Newsletter - October
Wow, can you believe it's already October? This means we've been in school for 7 weeks and Fall is here. Time flies when you're having fun and learning lots of new and exiting things!
It has been a joy to work with such a wonderful and supportive community. Please take a few minutes and explore all of the exiting things happening in October.
As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at any time!
Kelly Sanders, Ebony Kennedy & Amanda Randel
OPES School Counseling and Guidance
Opportunities to Help!
Hunger Drive - We will kick off our annual hunger drive at the end of October (Oct. 27-31)! This drive is sponsored by the Second Harvest Food Bank and directly benefits the Fort Mill Care Center, which provides weekend food bags for some of our OPES students! Please stay tuned for more information.
Winter Clothing - Our generous PTO works with us every year to provide winter coats, hats, scarves, and/or gloves for students who may be in need of these items. If you would like to support this awesome effort, please stay tuned for more information from the PTO.
Pick-A-Feather - The PTO also sponsors this annual program that helps to provide a Thanksgiving meal to families in our school in need of assistance. Again, please stay tuned for more information if you'd like to help!
Snacks - We're always looking for extra snacks for our students who may not have access to them. Donations can be dropped off at the front office! Just let the office staff know you're dropping them off for the guidance department! Remember, no peanut products!
Academic Success - Students in all grades have been learning tools that will help them be successful in school.
Kindergarten - Appropriate classroom behaviors
1st Grade - Learning to listen and follow directions
2nd Grade - Whole body listening
3rd Grade - Making good choices and learning about consequences
4th Grade - Learning about goal setting and why it is important
5th Grade - Setting goals and making a plan to reach our goals
Rotation 5 (Sept 26 - Oct. 6): October is National Bully Prevention month. We will participate in a variety of activities to help learn how to prevent bullying behaviors and stand up for what is right!
Rotation 6 (Oct. 7 - Oct. 15): Dealing with Conflict and Teasing
Rotation 7 (Oct. 16 - Oct. 27): Personal Safety
Small Group Counseling
Refer a student to the school counselor. Referrals are confidential and are only view-able by the school counselors.
* The Fun Run will be on Friday October 9th on the large playground
8:00 - Kindergarten
9:00 - First Grade
10:00 - Second and Third Grade
11:00 - Fourth and Fifth Grade
* S.T.O.P club will have our first meeting on Thursday October 16th from 2:30-3:30. Please make sure your student has appropriate transportation home.
* Teacher workday - October 24th NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS!
* Hunger Drive - October 27th-31st
* Spirit Day is October 31st