MES Counseling and Music Spotlight

January 2017

January Classroom Guidance Topics

The Second Step program provides Home Links and they are attached below. These handouts are a great way to reinforce these skills at home.

Managing frustration and disappointment with positive coping skills. Practicing using breathing as a way to calm down. (Belly Breathe video below)

First grade: Identifying uncomfortable feelings (disappointment and frustration), recognizing body responses, and coping strategies (breathing, counting, "I" messages, and asking for help.)

Second grade: Learning to manage embarrassment and handling making mistake. (Home Link attached below).

Third grade: Managing disappointment and handling anger appropriately. (Home Link attached below).

Fourth grade: identifying uncomfortable feelings such as anger and frustration and learning positive ways to cope with the emotions. (Home Link attached below)

Fifth grade: Identifying our personal anxieties and learning to calm down through positive coping strategies such as breathing, counting, and positive self talk. (Home Link attached below)

Sesame Street: Common and Colbie Caillat - "Belly Breathe" with Elmo

Individual Counseling

For students needing additional support academically, emotionally, and/or socially, I offer individual counseling. Teachers and parents can let me know at anytime during the school year if a child needs my support. Students can make a self-referral for counseling by dropping a note in my mailbox, sending me a message on Schoology, or an in-person request.

Music News with Mrs. Scaggs

Blue Ribbon Assembly- October

Moyer was awarded, for the second time, a Blue Ribbon of Excellence National award. The fifth grade students and Mrs. Scaggs worked on creating a new school song. The students wrote poems, expressing what Moyer meant to them. Mrs. Scaggs then took these poems and created the lyrics to the new song. Then, working with a composer and long-time friend, Dean Herron, Mrs. Scaggs and Mr. Herron wrote the music and harmony for the composition. The fifth grade students debuted the new song on Oct. 24 during the Blue Ribbon assembly. We are very proud to leave a legacy for our school.

Veteran's Day- November

Our second grade students honored over 50 veterans for our celebration on Nov. 11. We sang patriotic songs, shared stories about our family members and listened to our veterans talk about their service to our country. We love our veterans!

Honor Choir

Moyer had (5) fifth grade students perform in the Northern KY Honor Choir. The students worked for 6 weeks to learn the music for the concert. On Friday Nov. 11 the Moyer students joined 180 other 5th grade students from Campbell, Kenton, Boone, Pendelton, Bracken, Grant, Gallatin and Owen Counties for their performance. Congratulations to Reagan M, Rilen P, Reese D,

Nick G, Jace S.

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Third Grade Musical

Congratulations to our third grade students for an amazing musical on Tuesday Dec. 13th. The students performed the show "Toys! The Night They Came To Life! for a full house. A special thank you to the 3rd grade teachers for helping with the show and to Woodfill Elementary for the use of their facilities!

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On Tuesday Dec. 6 approximately 90 students in grades 3, 4, 5 performed their annual chorus concert at Highland Hills church in Fort Thomas. Thank you, Diane Keeler, for accompanying us on the piano and to Pastor Noss for hosting our concert at his church.

All State Chorus Award Winners

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To celebrate the holiday season, students in grades K, 1, 2, 4 and 5 performed songs on handbells. I love teaching this unit because it is so rich in curriculum. We learned about the physics of sound production, melody, harmony, form, notation and so much more! Please look on Schoology to view your child's performance. Enjoy!

Professional Performances

Several of our students were cast in local presentations in December.

Belle F., Cate F., and Jack B., danced in the Cincinnati Ballet's "The Nutcracker"

Henry W., returned for a second year to play Tiny Tim in the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park's "A Christmas Carol." Lastly, Katy F., performed as Thing 1 in the Fort Thomas Village Players performance of "The Cat in The Hat".