February Guidance Newsletter

North Ridgeville Education Center

Tattle Monsters...Beware!!!

Since we've had so many snow/cold days, I have had to push some of my classroom guidance lessons into February. I talked last month about tattling and the book called "Don't Squeal Unless it is a Big Deal" by Jeanie Franz Ransom. The story is about a classroom full of pigs who are always "squealing." I have the kids make their best pig squealing noises, which is exactly what tattling sounds like! The story helps students understand the difference between tattling and reporting big deals, like emergencies. At the end of the lesson, I leave a tattle monster in the classroom. Students write down their tattles on a piece of paper and put it in the "tattle monster," unless it is a "big deal," then they tell the teacher.

Looking Ahead

I hope to be attending a seminar at the Hospice of the Western Reserve in March on Child and Adolescent Grief. I look forward to bringing back some great resources to help children through their grief. I will also be focusing my classroom guidance lessons on friendship for the month of March.

I would also like to start introducing some fun board games into my individual counseling with students. Please feel free to contact me if you'd like me to meet with you son or daughter.

National School Counseling Week

National School Counseling Week was held from February 3rd - February 7th. I wanted to stress the importance of having school counselors in each building helping students with a variety of issues. For many of us, life moves so fast that focus is elusive. It seems like the only constant is change. Sometimes it's best to step back, take a deep breath, and look at the big picture of what's ahead. It takes determination, persistence, and motivation just to make it through the day, BUT YOU CAN DO IT!!! Albert Einstein, the famous scientist, said, "We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them." When you need someone who will listen and help you take that deep breath, remember that the school counselor is always here for you.

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