January

Counseling News

Start the Year Right!

The new year is a great time to start new routines! If mornings have been tough, try creating a picture schedule to follow. Picture schedules can be as detailed as needed: including steps for getting dressed, brushing teeth, packing backpacks, and getting winter gear ready.

Is your student getting enough sleep at night? The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends 9-12 hours of sleep each night for school aged children.

Try cutting down on technology in the new year. Common Sense Media is a great website to help guide parents on what and how much technology is safe for children. Another great way to set safe limits is by creating a screen time contract with your family.

Finally, get out and enjoy fresh air with your child! Walking in nature is proven to improve mood and well being for everyone!

Hat Not Hate

As part of the National Bullying Prevention Initiative Hat not Hate, Fargo Public Schools received 8,000 hand knit hats. Eagles Student Council and No Place for Hate Committee will be distributing these amazing hats in January. We are excited to be part of a campaign that encourages all students to be Upstanders!
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Day of Compassion

On January 14, 2022 all Eagles 4th and 5th grade students will participate in a Day of Compassion Retreat. This is an awesome opportunity for students to learn about empathy, compassion, and also experience lots of team building fun! We are so thankful for Eagles' PTA and their willingness to sponsor this activity for our students!
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In the Classroom

Classroom counseling lessons will continue with the themes of compassion and empathy as we head in to our Emotion Management Unit. Students learn that the amygdala is the feeling center of the brain and that the prefrontal cortex is vital in decision making. When we have strong feelings, the fight or flight response in our amygdala takes over. We call this "flipping our lid." In order to calm down strong feelings, students learn to use a self-talk signal in their brain, name how they are feeling, take a breath or count, and then use some more self-talk to calm down (STOP, NAME YOUR FEELING, CALM DOWN).
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