Flandreau Indian School

School Counselor Newsletter

Dear students and families,

This week is part 2 of Social Emotional Learning. Last week we provided information on Self-Awareness. This week we will provide information on Decision Making. As a reminder, Social Emotional Learning covers 5 areas: Self-awareness, decision-making, relationship skills, social awareness, and self-management.

Thank you,

School Counseling Team

Flandreau Indian School

Decision Making

What is Decision Making...

Students, you are faced with decisions every single day. Decision making is a choice that is made about things that affect a person’s life. Decisions can be routine like what clothes you decide to wear or what you will eat for lunch. The routine decisions are made on a day-to-day basis and don't usually require a lot of thought. Decisions can also be big like what will you do after high school or what type of car to purchase. Major decisions may have long term impacts on your life and should be made carefully and with a lot of thought.

When ever you do need to make a decision or choice, be sure you are calm. Students when making decisions, especially MAJOR decisions, you want to be in the "upstairs part of your brain." Do you recall this advisory lesson on "Flipping Your Lid"? If not, here is a refresher: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3bKuoH8CkFc

Students if you would like more information on making decisions please contact KC, Kendra, or Mrs. Tantype. And remember: You are free to choose, but you are not free from the consequence of your choice.

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More on making choices from Kid President:

Making Tough Choices with Kid President

Songs about Making Decisions

Yael Naim - New Soul (Official Video)

Helpful Links

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) provides information for parents and caregivers on how to take care of yourselves.


The National Native American Boarding School Healing Coalition offers tips on self-care and other resources.


Checks and Balances — Parents Support Teen Decision-Making

"A nurturing relationship between parents and teens plays a major role in the healthy growth of teen brains. During adolescence, the unique way in which teen brains develop influences their thoughts, behaviors, and decisions. Understanding teen decision-making begins with uncovering how brains are changing during the adolescent years. By knowing how teen brains mature and grow, parents will gain insight into how to optimize their influence." ... Parents and caregiver please click on the link to continue reading > https://parentandteen.com/how-teens-make-decisions/
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If in crisis...

If you find yourself in an emergency, please, call local law enforcement or 9-1-1.

Suicide Prevention Lifeline

(800) 273-TALK or (800) SUICIDE


2-1-1 (helplinecenter.org)


FIS Staff Directory

Click on the below to access the updated contact information for teachers at Flandreau Indian School. Communication is key for students to be successful during this time. Families, please be sure your child(ren) is/are reaching out to their teachers, and that our teachers have current contact information for you and your child(ren). Thank you!