The Counseling Capsule

From the CYES School Counselors

For the Week of January 11, 2016

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Attendance Matters!

To highlight the importance of Attendance at CYES, the following activities are being implemented by the School Counselors:

1) Classroom Attendance Banners - please hang your banner outside your classroom door when you have 100% attendance. A Counselor will be walking around to collect data based upon the number of banners hanging in our hallways to record daily attendance rates. Classrooms with perfect attendance will be announced and recognized on the afternoon announcements.

2) Attendance Pledge Cards - The counselors sent home a letter to parents about the importance of attendance. These letters contained a pledge card that was to be signed by the parents and the student. Please collect these and return them to the counselors. Classrooms with 100% return rate can earn participation points towards your individual classroom rewards.

3) Classroom Attendance Contest - the classrooms with 100% attendance (or the best attendance rate) for January will be entered into a raffle drawing for a pizza party.

4) Classroom Attendance rates will be monitored daily, weekly and monthly by the counselors and displayed in a location for our CYES community and visitors to view each day.

January's Pillar is RESPECT

RESPECT Highlights

All Month: Classroom Character Challenge (Due Feb 1, 2016 if you choose to take the challenge)

Character Chat topic: RESPECT

Friday, January 15 - Character Spirit Day: wear Yellow

Tuesday Jan. 19 - Friday Jan. 22 - National No Name Calling Week (Spirit Wear Days T - F)

Spirit Wear for each day will be announced shortly!

School Wide Character Activity - Hands Down Respect Wins! Hands due to the counselors by January 22nd.

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Hands Down, Respect Wins!

This week you will find yellow construction paper in your mailboxes.

Please have students trace one of their hands and write a way that they show respect to others inside each finger.

Inside the palm of the hand, they are to write their name and grade.

Hands are to be returned to the Counselors by January 22 so that a display can be made here at CYES to show how we are On Track With Character by being Respectful.

Later our display will be shared with the PWC Police Department in honor of Officer Yung.

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Mrs. Lang's Schedule (Grades 1, 3 and 5)

Mrs. Raquedan is at CYES on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. She has her schedule communicated to K, 2nd and 4th grade teachers for the week.

Mrs. Lang's Schedule is as follows:

Monday, January 11

9:15- 9:45 Counselor Administers Sample School Climate Survey - Mr. Barton Grade 3

9:45 - 10:15 Counselor Administers Sample School Climate Survey - Bouch, Jones Grade 3

9:15 - 10:45 Counselor Administers Sample School Climate Survey - Mrs. Crouch Grade 3

11 - 11:45 Making Good Choices GRADE 1 Lunch Bunch

12:30 - 1:15 Making Good Choices GRADE 3 Lunch Bunch

1:30 - 2 Counselor AVAILABLE to administer Sample School Climate Survey to Mrs. Borror's 3rd Grade Class

2 - 2:40 Classroom Counseling Mrs. McDonald Grade 5 - Conflict Resolution Part 2

3-3:30 Making Good Choices Group (Ms. Gearhart)

Tuesday, January 12

9:20 - 10 Classroom Counseling Mrs. Borror-Grade 3 - Decision Making as Teams

11:15 - 12 Making Good Choices - GRADE 1 Lunch Bunch (Ramirez)

12:30 - 1:15 Changing Families -GRADES 3, 5 Lunch Bunch

2:25 - 3 Classroom Counseling Ms. Gearhart- What Tadoo Video

3 - 3:40 Stress Less Small Group

Wednesday, January 13

11- 11:45 Making Friends GRADE 1 Lunch Bunch

12:30 - 1:15 Making Friends GRADE 3 Lunch Bunch

2 - 2:40 Classroom Counseling Mrs. Woodby Grade 5 - Conflict Resolution

Thursday, January 14

9:20 - 10 Classroom Counseling

10 am - 4 pm Mrs. Lang at Elementary Dept Meeting at KLC

Friday, January 15


AM Character Slips announcements

11 - 11:45 Goal Setters GRADE 1 Lunch Bunch

12:30 - 1:15 Goal Setters GRADE 3 Lunch Bunch

2:25 - 3:00 Classroom Counseling - Mrs. Coster Grade 1 - Positive Work Habits

3:45 PBIS Training

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Monthly Awareness Dates : January

Book Blitz Month

Get Organized Month

National Mentoring Month

National Blood Donor Month

National Thank You Month

Jan 1 - Emancipation Proclamation Anniversary

Jan 1 - Global Family Day

Jan 15 - Martin Luther King's Birthday

Jan 18 - Martin Luther King Holiday

Jan 17 - World Religion Day

Jan 18 - 22 National No Name Calling Week

Jan 25 - 31 National Drug Facts Week

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Did you know that there are 11 principles of effective character education?

These principles are what we use to guide our collaborative efforts in creating a firm foundation for our school community based upon the Six Pillars of Character.

Briefly, these principles are:

  1. The school community promotes core ethical and performance values as the foundation of good character.
  2. The school defines “character” comprehensively to include thinking, feeling, and doing.
  3. The school uses a comprehensive, intentional, and proactive approach to character development.
  4. The school creates a caring community.
  5. The school provides students with opportunities for moral action.
  6. The school offers a meaningful and challenging academic curriculum that respects all learners, develops their character, and helps them to succeed.
  7. The school fosters students’ self-motivation.
  8. The school staff is an ethical learning community that shares responsibility for character education and adheres to the same core values that guide the students.
  9. The school fosters shared leadership and long-range support of the character education initiative.
  10. The school engages families and community members as partners in the character-building effort.
  11. The school regularly assesses its culture and climate, the functioning of its staff as character educators, and the extent to which its students manifest good character.

These 11 principles are the goals of Chris Yung Elementary School and our community as we work together to form new traditions, incentives, and a positive school climate within our school culture.

Bet you didn't know there were 11 of them!

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Have a great week, everyone!

Beth Lang and Nikki Raquedan

School Counselors