Carroll Dragon's Breath~September
HEALTH AND WELLNESS NEWSLETTER FROM THE CARROLL ISD K-6th GRADE COUNSELORS
BEST WAYS TO MAKE THE SWITCH FROM SUMMER TO SCHOOL
1. Restart Routines. Adjust bedtime, morning routines, and dinner plans to accommodate new school schedule.
2. Go Over Ground Rules. Decide when and where to do homework and when to squeeze in leisure time and cell phone usage. Create a quiet, well-lit space for study. Prevent first day freak-outs by hauling out the necessities: backpack, calculator, art supplies, paper, and pencils. Make it personal and fun, but free from distractions.
3. De-Stress Dressing. Choose clothes that are comfortable and school appropriate the night before.
4. Develop a Game Plan — Together. Discuss goals for the upcoming year, triumphs from the year before, and some skills he/she would like to improve. Prepare school supplies, backpacks and gym bags in advance along with school lunches, snacks, and water.
5. Keep Passions in Play. It's important to continue engaging in activities and hobbies that make you happy. Join a club, participate in community service, and make time for family and friends.
6. Get to know Principals, Office Staff, and Counselors. These people will be interacting with your children each day, so help them put a parental face to your kid’s name. Remember—it takes a village to raise a child!
7. Read the school information. Review the materials sent by the school soon after it arrives. They may have pertinent information about your child's teacher, room number, school supply requirements, sign-ups for after-school sports and activities, school calendar dates, bus transportation, and health and emergency forms.
8. Create a family calendar for all to see with everyone's events marked: music lessons, scout meetings, sports practices, volunteer duties.
9. Incorporate check-ins with your child. Have frequent conversations, or check-ins, with children. Recognize that butterflies and anxiety are common when children first head back to school. Starting or switching schools can increase stress for children. Talk to kids about how they’re feeling. Focus on the positives of heading back to school and leave questions open ended. Listen well and acknowledge their feelings. Expect children to need a little extra time, reassurance and love during the first few weeks of the transition.
10. If concerned, talk to teachers. There is nothing wrong with bringing up concerns to a teacher before the first day of school. If your child is very anxious or has concerns with bullying, make sure the teacher knows ahead of time and work with them to support your child.
The Big 3: Treat Others Right
Make Smart Decisions
Being wise in our actions.
Maximize Your Potential
Working toward personal best.
SUICIDE PREVENTION WEEK SEPTEMBER 9-14
Rachel's Challenge - The Power of ONE
Across all Carroll ISD campuses, we will be talking about the power of one person(each person) to make a difference at their school, in their community, and around the world. The power of one person to create a chain reaction to bring students together and influence students to make a positive change.