May Counseling News

Summer Safety Edition

Mrs. Larson's Top 10 Safety Tips for Summer

1. Always wear a helmet when bike riding, rollerblading, skateboarding, or scootering!

2. Sunscreen!

3. Wear a life jacket when you are on the water and never go swimming without an adult present, even if you are an experienced swimmer.

4. Make sure to stay properly buckled in on family road trips (and all other times in the car).

5. Tell your parents where you are going to play and remember that the river and coulee should only be visited with adults present!

6. If you have your own cell phone, set up a safety "code word" with your parents. If you find yourself in a situation that makes you feel uncomfortable, you can text your code word to ask for help.

7. If you see a firearm that is not locked up, do NOT touch it and tell an adult immediately (see link to document below).

8. Social Media can be a great way to stay in touch with friends, but sometimes it is used inappropriately. Tell a grownup if you see something online that makes you uncomfortable: words, images, or bullying behavior.

9. There is safety in numbers! Playing outside and at the park is safer with friends than playing alone.

10. Know your address and have plans for emergencies! Do you have access to a phone? If not, which neighbor would you go to? Have plans in case of fire, tornadoes, and health emergencies.

Child Supervision Recommendations

It can be difficult to decide when children are mature enough to be left home alone or at what age our children should play outside alone. This document outlines the State of North Dakota's child supervision recommendations.

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Device Safety

Have you ever checked out Common Sense Media? This is my favorite website for researching what tv shows, movies, websites, video games, etc. are appropriate for what ages. There are also great articles on how to keep our kids safe while connected and how to set up privacy features on different devices. Lets work together to keep our kids safe!

Summer Resources

Are you familiar with First Link? This amazing community resource connects families with food, emergency rent assistance, healthcare, mental health care, crisis services and SO MUCH MORE.

Call 2-1-1 for more information

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In the Classroom

In May we will be wrapping up problem solving with our SecondSTEP curriculum and moving into career standards. The suggested North Dakota Career standards are:

Kindergarten 2.k.2 Identify workers in your school and community (related to the 13 career clusters).

2.K.3 Recognize all jobs are important.

1st grade

2.1.1: Identify skills, interests, and abilities at home and school.

1.1.1: Identify and develop personal, ethical, and work habits and skills needed for school success

2nd grade

3.2.2: Identify the skills needed by workers in the community.

2.2.3: Explain the importance of jobs and workers in the community

3rd grade

3.3.1: Explain what workers do and need to know in various careers

3.3.2: Gather information regarding training and education for a variety of careers

4th grade

3.4.2: Outline the training and educational requirements for a variety of careers

2.4.1: Compare personal skills, interests, and abilities with those or workers in the local community

5th grade

3.5.3: Identify the skills needed to develop a resume

Talking about future careers can be fun and exciting for students! Have you talked with your student about future planning lately?