School Counselor Newsletter

November 2014

Pressing the Pause Button

I recently read a article from about pressing the pause button and doing something special with our children. I was thinking about this as I was watching movie "The Grinch". There is the hussle and bussle of the Holidays and all the activities, fun, and even stress that goes along with this time of year. We often don't take the time to stop and appreciate all the gifts our children have to offer. We need to press the pause button on our busy lives and do something extra special with our kids. Odds are if we are feeling the stress of the Holidays they are too. By taking the moment to pause you can show them that they are the most important people in the world, not the Black Friday sale or the last minute stocking stuffers. Below is an idea sheet created by Please feel free to post on the Mabel School Counselor facebook page how you pressed the pause button!

Classroom Guidance for November/December

Kindergarten: Finishing Smart Start

Starting the 7 Habits of Happy Kids

First Grade: Superflex

Second Grade: Being a Good Friend

Third-Fifth: Bulling

Introduction to Middle School (6th): Working on (link below)

Leadership/Upstander: Evaluating our Leadership Styles/ Working on an Upstander Presentation

Eighth: Transition to High School

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Book Clubs

I have started counseling book clubs for students in grades 4-8. Each week these small groups meet during lunch. Using books with themes that fit into the guidance curriculum the students are read to and then asked to either have a discussion or do an activity. These have been very popular with the students and results from our first book club show that they are making an impact with the students. We have also begun our parent book club using the book "Raising Happy Kids".

Family Dinner Project a HUGE success!!

A special thank you to everyone who came out to our Family Dinner Project! Green Street Catering fed over 150 people!! We also had a record breaking Book Fair and a 200% increase in the use of the Family Resource Center family games. Please see the photo gallery below.