The PAWSitive School Counselor

Mrs. Jones' Class Updates, Tips + Tricks, and more!

2023-24 School Year

Newsletter Will Update the first Monday of every month. You may sign up to receive these updates to come directly to your email.

September 4th

October 2nd

November 6th

December 4th
January 8th (not on New Years)
February 5th

March 4th

April 8th

May 6th

June 3rd

End of the Year

It is the end of year, and I wanted inform everyone that I am changing the way I communicate with teachers and parents.

My site through the Peterson webpage was nice and provided a ton of new resources for you each month, but there was no way to notify you when new resources or newsletters were posted. I believe the best way for parents is through a Smore newsletter.

I would love for parents and teachers to have easier access to help our students perform and transition better between home and school. Please be on the look out next year as a new counseling newsletter will be uploaded each month to the website and Peterson Family Newsletter.

Have a safe and happy summer!

Ally Jones

A Look Back at this Year

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Staff, Parents, and Guardians,

This section will be new to the 2023-24 school year, but here is a sneak peek of what is taught in my classroom.

I am looking forward to the next school year, as I am making major adjustments to my classroom curriculum and realigning with the state standards. School counseling classes focus on career awareness, academic readiness, and social emotional skills and we have five major focuses for next year:

  • Self-Awareness

  • Self-Management

  • Social Awareness

  • Relationship Skills

  • Responsible Decision-Making

My plan is to continue doing a 2-year rotation plan where K-1, 2-3, 4-5 lessons are grouped and run every two years, so by the time a student reaches 6th grade, they will have a strong foundation of skills to help them through their lives.

I hope it helps you access my resources better and ensure that we are using common languages when working with students.

See you in the 2023-24 school year!

Counseling Skills Resources

This section will have recently taught common language for students for parents to use at home if they'd like. Having a common language between home and school can help students transition easier and provide a strong foundation of skills as they move through elementary and into middle and high schools.
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Zones of Regulation Image Retrieved from Think Social Publishing, Inc.
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S-T-E-P! Step up and solve the problem.

Solving our problems using I-messages and the step process creates a way for students to find the best solution that is helpful not hurtful. When students use an I-Message they can tell the other person how they feel and find a way to solve it with them.

Use the following formula:
I feel ______ when you _________ because _____________. Could you please ________?

When students come to the "could you please" part, this is when they think of a solution and explore the consequences. The best solution is the one that is the most helpful to all involved.
When students can say the problem without blaming someone else, they are able to come to a solution faster and easier.

Small Group Updates

All Grade Levels

A variety of students in grades 3-5 are participating in small groups this spring. With Mrs. A's help, Mrs. Jones and her were able to push out 6 groups from February to May in addition to the 7 groups in grades K-2. It was definitely a busy and successful year.

Most topics included social filters, confidence building, being flexible, and exploring feelings to solve problems.


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