Counselor's Corner

by Mrs. O

PurposeFull Practice: Kindness, Lesson 1 and Invite to Our Connect and Create Event


Dear McKinley Family,

As I mentioned in my last Newsletter; this week we made a seamless transition from our PurposeFull Practice of Empathy, right into Kindness. As I tell your amazing children, "Empathy and Kindness are best friends- They compliment each other and go everywhere together." We also discovered that we have preferred ways of giving and receiving kindness: Words of Affirmation ("You're the best!"), Acts of Service (helping with the dishes), Touch (hugs), Time (sitting down to dinner together), and Gifts. As I told our little Mallards, it is important to know your kindness preferences, as well as the kindness preferences of others in your life. For instance, not everyone likes to be hugged (and that is perfectly okay). Thus, if your kindness language is touch, you might make your friend (whose kindness language is gifts) uncomfortable if you hug them.

To wrap it up- I love this PurposeFull Practice, and that the definition (below) iterates that Kindness is a Choice. As the month of love and kindness unfolds; I encourage you to explore the resources and links, and to discuss and honor each family member's Kindness Language .

Wishing you a blessed and fun filled weekend.

Warmly and gratefully yours,

Mrs. O (Ormachea)

McKinley School Counselor



Overview of Resources:

Family Connect and Create (FCC)- Invitation to our Valentine's Connect and Create Event

1. Definition of Kindness

2. Links to Parent Resource Letters (English and Spanish) re Kindness

3. Excellent Read Aloud- The Invisible Boy, and Musical Video- Kindness is a Muscle

4. Mindfulness Practice: Kind Wishes

5. Families that Play Together, Stay Together: Information and Links to Local and County Events for Families.

6. McKinley Schoolwide Expectations Chant- Our students are doing so great at reciting this chant- make sure to ask them to demonstrate it for you.

* I also left up information about our Brain (the Wise Owl and Guard Dog) and Zones of Feelings/Regulation. Understanding that our thoughts impact our feelings, and our feelings can impact our behavior and choices; is important if we desire to be our best selves.

Family Connect and Create

Family Connect and Create

Family Connect and Create Event- Valentines Craft and Assistance Filling Out Valentine's Day Cards

When: Tuesday February 8, 2022

*****Come when you can: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM*****

The project will likely take approximately 45 Minutes

Please RSVP at:

Where: Sycamore Library

What: Create Memories and a Sweet Valentine's Day Project

**Students can also bring in their Valentine's Day cards and get help filling them out

**Healthy snacks and a sweet treat provided

Who: Parents/Guardians and their Student/s

Bring: Yourself, your child/ren, and their Valentine's Day Cards (if they would like to complete them during this time)

1. Definition of Kindness

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2. Links to Parent Resource Letter: Kindness (in English and Spanish)

3. The Invisible Boy -Read Aloud

During this heartfelt read aloud, students were able to use there superpower- Empathy; and identify it, kindness, and Zones of Emotion in the Characters. There are numerous teaching and connecting moments, which makes this book a favorite of mine.

Kindness is a Muscle- Musical Video

This is a fun and catchy little musical video. Additionally, it reminds us that Kindness is something that we can get better/stronger at, we just need to keep working at it. I like to connect this idea to all of our PurposeFull Practices- Like math, reading, and writing; whatever we work at and practice, we become good at (being kind, safe, respectful, responsible, empathetic, courageous, grateful...).

4. Mindfulness Practice- Kind Wishes

This is a fun and quick mindfulness practice in which we send out kind regards to at least three people. I think you will be pleasantly surprised at how great you feel after doing this practice. You might even be inspired to initiate an act or two of kindness.

5. Families that Play Together, Stay Together: Things to Do in Our County

FREE Art Supplies and Activity Ideas at the Gridley Library!!!

***You Don't Want to Miss This***

FREE Art Supplies and Activity Ideas

When Sat, February 12, 12pm – 1pm

Where Butte County Library, Gridley Branch, 299 Spruce St, Gridley, CA 95948, USA (map)- Community Resource Room; Gridley

Description Come get basic art supplies (paint, glue, paper, and more), activity ideas, and a premade resource kits. Open to all; no registration required. Families welcome. Community Resource Room at Butte County Library, Gridley Branch Parking Lot


Check it Out!!! Valley Oak Children's Services Newsletter- Activities and Resources for Families

6. Our McKinley School Expectation Chant

Make sure to ask your student to teach you the arm movements that go with our chant. <3
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*Guard Dog and Wise Owl- Connecting Thoughts and Actions

Below is a picture of the parts of the brain. Students like having a visual of where our Wise Owl and Guard Dog reside in the brain. They were also able to understand that when one of these parts of the brain is chatty, the other is usually quiet. For instance, when we have BIG emotions (anger, stress, fear) we are in our Guard Dog Brain; therefore, our Wise Owl Brain is quiet. The outcome: Our ability to have and show Empathy and/or Kindness, learn, and execute basic skills is nearly impossible.
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*Zones of Emotion/Regulations

Below is a picture of our Zones of Emotion/Regulation. Students learned that we have many different feelings which fall into certain Zones. We discovered that being in the Green Zone (Wise Owl Brain) helps us to be our best selves (as students, citizens, family members, etc.). We explored triggers such as being in trouble, trying new things, being ill, getting hurt, learning a new skill- that push us into the Blue, Yellow, and/or Red Zones. Thereafter, we came up with strategies (breathing, talking to a friend or family member, going outside, taking a moment alone, exercising...) which effectively move us back into our Green Zone.
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