Counselor Corner

January 2022

Happy New Year! I hope that everyone had a fantastic holiday and feels optimistic about what the new year may bring!


December was a very exciting month, and I was so happy to continue spending time in classrooms discussing a variety a topics with students. We talked about big feelings like anger, worry, and sadness, and we learned more about how our brain works and what mistakes can teach us!


We have a number of exciting programs and activities planned for January and February, so please continue to read below for additional information!


I recently updated my webpage with a number of additional resources focused on mental health. Click here to view the resources page.


Please remember that I am here to support the students however I can. I am available to meet if a student needs help or just wants to talk! Don't hesitate to reach out if I can support you in any way.


Sincerely,


Mrs. Stiles

mstiles@greenhills.org


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Great Kindness Challenge

Green Hills School will be participating in the Great Kindness Challenge during the week of January 24 - 28. The Great Kindness Challenge is a week-long program dedicated to creating a culture of kindness and compassion in our schools and communities. We will be facilitating a number of opportunities to spread kindness throughout the week, and students will receive a checklist of activities that they can choose to complete. We are also planning a fundraising event with the help of our National Junior Honor Society. Be on the lookout for more information in the coming week!
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Cyberbullying Presentation

Cyberbullying is an increasingly concerning issue, and it is incredibly important that students understand the impact that their online behavior has on those around them, as well as the effect it may have on their own future. On January 19th, the 7th and 8th grade students will have the opportunity to hear from Detective Laguerre with the Morris County Prosecutor's Office. He will be joining us to discuss cyber-bullying and internet safety.

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Virtual Parent Presentation - Harassment, Intimidation, and Bullying

Mr. Bollette and I will be hosting a virtual parent presentation to review the New Jersey HIB Law (Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights Act). Each year, we review the HIB policies and procedures with the students, and we feel that it is important to share the same information with our community. When the school has the opportunity to partner with parents on important topics such as bullying, we are far likelier to build a climate of respect and compassion. We will be sharing more information about the event in the coming weeks! We hope to see you there!
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Small Groups

I am incredibly grateful to be able to facilitate small groups throughout the year focused on a number of different topics. We just wrapped up our Focus Finders and Chat n Chew small groups with students in grades K - 4. I plan to organize groups focused on anxiety, self-esteem, organization/study skills, and anger management in the coming months. If you think your child would benefit from being part of an upcoming small group, please send me an email at mstiles@greenhills.org.

Helping a Child Cope with Grief

Helping a child cope with grief can be overwhelmingly difficult. Many children have lost loved ones for the first time this year, and it may sometimes feel impossible to know the right thing to say or do. The Child Mind Institute has compiled a useful guide to help navigate the challenging conversations and situations that arise after the loss of a loved one. Click here for more information.
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How Right Now Website

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have launched a website focused on mental health support. The site provides a number of resources for coping with overwhelming emotions. It also offers tips on how to talk to loved ones who may be struggling with their own mental health. Click here to visit the How Right Now page.
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Mindful Minutes

One practice that can help decrease and manage overwhelming feelings when they arise is mindfulness. Mindfulness helps to bring our focus to the present moment to observe our thoughts without judgment. The practice can also help to minimize negative thoughts that can spiral out of control. I have created a playlist of short mindful minute exercises for students to listen to when they feel the need to reset their thoughts or emotions. I will be adding to the playlist (click here) throughout the rest of the year.
I have updated my webpage to include a virtual office where you will be able to find information and helpful resources! It is a work in progress, so be sure to check in regularly for new information! Click on my bitmoji above to take a look around!
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