Counselor's Corner

Mrs. Miller for the month of: December 2022

Dear Parents and Guardians:

We spent the month of November learning the Garbage Can Tool, Taking Time Tool and the Please & Thank You Tool. Please encourage your child(ren) to keep practicing these tool. These 3 tools really help us learn to let go of things, take time to reflect and figure out what to do next and use our manners to make connections with others. When kids have difficulties due to what others say to them, or get upset and need a break, as well as making others feel good with our manners and being respectful, then these tools prove to be very useful.

The month of December will focus on our last 3 new tools:

the Apology & Forgiveness Tool, Patience Tool and Courage Tool.

TOOLS we learned in November

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REMEMBER - Tools make our lives easier!

Let's face it, life can be hard sometimes. Our children are still learning how to navigate their world, especially when things don't go their way. These tools the students learn can be used anywhere! When children solve some of their own problems, they gain confidence, feel good about their accomplishments, and improve their self-esteem.

Our PBIS Behavior Expectations are SAFE, RESPONSIBLE and RESPECTFUL in your work and in your play. Those 3 words are packed with a lot of expectations on how to act or respond. The tools help the students learn how to be safe, responsible and respectful of themselves and around others. Who doesn't want that for their child?!

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Let's learn a bit more about the Garbage Can Tool

The trash or garbage can represents the Garbage Can Tool. The icon of a trash can is what is sounds like - a place to throw out the unkind words and "junky" things that come our way. We do not have to take unkind "trash talk" words personally (into our personal space). We can take responsibility for what we do with other people's words and actions, and how we feel about them. Sometimes the best choice is to throw harmful words away. So next time you want to tell your child to ignore someone or something, suggest instead to use their Garbage Can Tool.

Let's learn a bit more about the Taking Time Tool

A wristwatch reminds students that the Taking Time Tool is all about using time wisely - to pause and get distance, or to pause and think. There are many ways to use time intelligently for one's well-being and the well-being of others. When we choose how to use our time we can be more effective and not damage relationships. Stepping back and taking time-away gives us space or a break from someone who is causing us frustration, anger, or other feelings. Taking time-in allows us to self-reflect and safely figure out what to do or say next, leading to better choices. Please DON"T mistake this as a time-out, which usually implies being in trouble. Taking Time Tool is used BEFORE a time-out is needed, to avoid making poor choices.

Let's learn a bit more about the Please & Thank You Tool

The Please & Thank You Tool is represented by a key. These 2 magic words can open up communication and help make a heartfelt connection with others. These words can make others feel good. Expressing gratitude and giving thanks are basic principles of kindness and generosity. When added politely to a request, the word "please" encourages others to want to be helpful and kind. Saying "thank you" lets people know you value them. These simple words create warm connections with others. It is also considered respectful by the adults.

Parents/Guardians - meet the founder of TOOLBOX and what concept is behind this curriculum. How do the tools help kids?

Dovetail Learning Overview