The Counseling Capsule

From the CYES School Counselors

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For the Week of January 4, 2016

January's Pillar is RESPECT

RESPECT Highlights

All Month: Classroom Character Challenge

Character Chat topic: RESPECT

Friday, January 15 - SPIRIT DAY wear Yellow (NOTE THE DATE. It is not January 8)

Tuesday Jan. 19 - Friday Jan. 22 - National No Name Calling Week

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

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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 4

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

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

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

Tuesday, January 5

9:20 - 10 Classroom Counseling Mrs. Crouch-Grade 3 - SMART Goals

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. Paulhamus- What Tadoo Video

3 - 3:40 Stress Less Small Group

Wednesday, January 6

9:20 - 10 Classroom Counseling Mr. Barton Grade 3 SMART Goals

11- 11:45 Making Friends GRADE 1 Lunch Bunch

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

2 - 2:40 Classroom Counseling Ms. Payne Grade 5 - Marshmallow Towers

Thursday, January 7

9:20 - 10 Classroom Counseling Mrs. Jones Grade 3 - Paper Towers

11 - 11:45 Changing Families Grade 1

12:30 - 1:15 Stress Less Grade 3

2:25 - 3 Classroom Counseling Mrs. Ramirez Grade 1 - What Tadoo video

3 - 3:40 BLAST meeting in Mrs. Lang's office

Friday, January 8

AM Character Slips announcements

10 - 10:40 Classroom Counseling Mrs. Bouch Grade 3 - SMART Goals

11 - 11:45 Goal Setters GRADE 1 Lunch Bunch

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

2:25 - 3 Classroom Counseling Mrs. Simmons Grade 1 -What Tadoo video

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A STEAM Lesson on Respect and Friendship For Pre K - 2


Friendships are hard to navigate at any age, but when you’re just beginning to understand the ins and outs of a new environment AND you’re a young child, (getting a new sibling, starting school, attending daycare, etc) the friendship compass seems to NEVER point due north.

Lesson Idea: Using the book Friendshape by Amy Krouse Rosenthal, children will be able to identify the importance of friends. This lesson uses a fun shape building activity to reinforce the book! Kids will build different shapes out of copy paper to test to see which shape is strongest. This is a great discussion starter for how we all have different strengths, or how friends have to sometimes lean on one another for support. I’ve also included a link to a pretty cute video from The Ned Show!

Let’s do a little REACTS, shall we? (PK-2nd grade.)

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Reading: One of my favorite books to broach the topic is Friendshape by Amy Krouse Rosenthal.

Its a simple book celebrating the importance of good friends. I would say it is appropriate for ages 3-7.

Engineering: Here comes the fun part. I found this AWESOME activity on Creekside Learning

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Children will build shapes out of pieces of paper, either alone or in groups, to determine which shape is the strongest.

Art: Before building the structures, the children can draw pictures on the paper that represent friendship. They can draw pictures of their friends, the activities they do with their friends, something they wish they did with their friends…the possibilities are endless. This isn’t a time to be super structured, all your child to interpret this part as they wish.

Character: This book and activity focus on the character traits of compassion, friendship, and respect. If you’re doing the activity in groups, it can also be a great way to focus on cooperation.

Technology: You could watch this cute friendship soup video from The Ned Show to get a cute technology tie-in!

Science: Use this as an opportunity to review the scientific method with the kids participating. Have them make a hypothesis as to which shape will hold the most weight.

And there you have it! A REACTS focused lesson on friendship for grades PK-2 or ages 3-7.

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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