Washington Street Elementary - December 3, 2021
Bittersweet & Timber Ridge Ski Clubs
Congratulations to the following students for being selected as their classroom PRIDE winner for the week!
P - Positive Attitude
R - Responsible Actions
I - Integrity Within
D - Determination to Succeed
E - Expect Excellence
Kindergarten: Brooke Kastran, Rylee Rysenga, Kenley Reimink
1st grade: Zandria Alexander, Keegan Knight, Majailah Pantelin
2nd grade: Liam Spencer, Ava Emmons, Aria Jensen
3rd grade: Quinn Dykstra, Cole Billman, Aleiya Stolt
4th grade: JaMiah Purcell, Payton Gleason, Trammell Bumgart
5th grade: Brayden Meyer, Emily Bowe, Rylee Knash
COUNSELOR’S CORNER - ANGIE BENDER
Your Child’s Friendship Drama - Do’s and Don'ts for Parents
Friendships can be a tricky issue with students and sometimes parents are unsure how to help. Here are some Do’s and Don’ts for helping your child with friendship issues.
Listen: This means undivided attention given to your child with a response. Give verbal cues that you are listening, such as nodding your head or using verbal phrases like, “Wow” or “I see.”
Ask Questions: These questions are open-ended, exploratory questions that will help you learn more about the situation. “How did you feel when she said that?” or “What happened next?”
Brainstorm together: If your child wants help to find a solution, work towards an answer together, rather than telling him/her what to do. Role-play different scenarios and help your child find one that she feels comfortable trying.
Keep the conversation open: Encourage open communication in the future by ending the conversation with, “If you ever want to talk more about this, I am here for you.”
Talk regularly about friendships: Find ways to use books, TV shows or examples from your own life about how to be a good friend or how to be confident when faced with peer pressure, etc.
Fix the problem yourself: It may seem easier to jump in and solve the problem for your child. Encourage your child to brainstorm, role play, and eventually, find a solution to the problem herself.
Force your child to stay with or change friends: Talk about the pros and cons of remaining with a certain group of friends. Review qualities of good friendships. Help your child to make an informed decision on her own.
Assume your child is the victim: Your child may appear to be the one being picked on, but there may be more to the story. Use role-play and open-ended questions to find out the rest of the story. “Ok, what did Joe do after you took the pencil….”
Ignore hurtful comments: If your child reports something hurtful, don’t brush it aside, or tell them it is nothing. You don’t have to dwell on it, but empathize with them, and then turn the conversation to something positive about your child.
**article adapted from www.imperfectfamilies.com
Little Dawg Basketball
Students who qualify for free or reduced lunch must enroll each year. The deadline is Sept. 30th