School Counselor Corner

News From Miss McGee

October Update

Healthy Choices Week

This month, as the leaves are falling, students are also falling more into their routines! And to end the month, we are celebrating 'Healthy Choices Week', which reminds our students how important it is to create healthy routines themselves.


While most people may not know what 'Healthy Choices Week' is, many can remember 'Red Ribbon Week' while growing up. At South Elementary, we want to bring awareness to what 'Red Ribbon Week' stands for - saying no to drugs and alcohol - but we want to take this chance to also focus on staying healthy in general. While most students think about eating well and staying active as being healthy, we also want to focus on our overall well-being.


What does this look like?


- Eating Healthy

- Staying Active

- Taking Care of our Emotions

- Having a Positive Mindset

- Getting Good Sleep

- Attending School

- Surrounding Ourselves with Supportive People

- Being Kind to Others AND Ourselves


How can you continue this at home with your children?

See the "HealthyCounts" chart to help gather an easy sense simple ways!

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Feeling at a Loss- What Steps Do You Take?

While many people do not often like to ask for help, some times it is exactly what is needed. Many students are now comfortable being back in the school setting and you may notice your child coming home with more behaviors or your child's teacher may have notified you to let you know of behaviors they may be seeing. This may be overwhelming, but you are not alone.


What steps should be taken if my child is having behaviors at home only?


- If you are comfortable, please reach out to me, as I am happy to talk with your child to see if there are ways I can help.

- We will work together to see if we can resolve or help decrease some of the behaviors.

- If after a few meetings with your child I feel they need longer services (such as an hour of counseling time, rather than just 20 minutes once or twice a week with me), I will suggest this to you.

- If you are interested, I can then help you find an outside counseling service to help.

- I will still continue to meet with your child and work with you to help as best as I can.


What steps should be taken if my child is having behaviors at home and school?


-First, reach out to your child's teacher and share what you notice at home and your child's teacher can share what they notice in the classroom.

- Either you or the teacher can then reach out to me.

- If you are comfortable, please share if anything at home may be contributing to the behavior.

- If you would like me to meet with your child, I will happily do so to see if there are ways I can help.

- I will work with you and your child's teacher to come up with a plan that will best support your child and help decrease behaviors as best as we can.

- If after a few meetings with your child I feel they need longer services (such as an hour of counseling time, rather than just 20 minutes once or twice a week with me), I will suggest this to you.

- If you are interested, I can then help you find an outside counseling service to help.

- I will still continue to meet with your child and work with you to help as best as I can.



While it may take time and feel overwhelming, I want to reassure you that I, along with all staff at South Elementary, are here to help in any ways we can!