Counseling Corner

August 2022

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Monthly Lessons

Every month your student is visited by one of Spring Hill Elementary Professional School Counselors to deliver an in-class lesson that will help support their academic success for their school year. In August, students received a lesson about who their school counselor is and what they do, and our k-1 also received "Listening and Following Directions" lessons.

Throughout September, we have revisited all students presenting lessons in their classrooms. Our kindergarten and First-grade students have been receiving lessons on "Growth Mindset," an essential tool that builds students' confidence and is found to increase academic success.

Our 2nd - 4th-grade student's topic has been how our thoughts, feelings, and choices (behaviors & actions) are all connected and how our choices affect our feelings and others. Each class also reviewed the topic of "Bullying." Bullying is defined as an action that happens over and over again. Students may be unkind at times, but bullying is happening by the same person daily. Students were taught how to tell the person to stop, then tell an adult at school and an adult at home anytime someone is being unkind to them.

Our 5th-grade classes have been learning about goal setting, another essential tool they will need throughout 5th grade and for the rest of their academic and personal lives. They really stepped up and showed how they could set personal and academic goals and how it could help them.

Resources used during lessons

So what is SEL?

Social Emotional Learning (SEL) - refers to building skills and mindsets necessary for students to thrive in all areas of their life.

  • Understanding and managing emotions
  • Setting and achieving positive goals
  • Feeling and showing empathy for others
  • Establishing and maintaining positive relationships
  • Making responsible decisions

  • Click the video below to learn more about SEL and how it benefits your student.

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    Did you know that Spring Hill Elementary is a Leader in Me school?

    What is a Leader in Me school?

    This evidence-based, comprehensive school improvement model- developed in partnership with educators- empowers students with the leadership and life skills they need to thrive in the 21st century. Our students continue learning using the Leader In Me program in all grades. Our community is learning the 7 Habits through direct lessons and embedded daily activities emphasizing living the seven habits: in and out of school.

    The 7 Habits are:

    1. Be Proactive,

    2. Begin with the End in Mind

    3. Put First Things First

    4. Think Win-Win

    5. Seek First to Understand, Then to be Understood

    6. Synergize

    7. Sharpen the Saw.

    Septembers Habits:



    Stress-Busters Tip of the Month

    Calm Breaths

    Take three slow, deep breaths through your nose;

    hold each breath for a second, and then very

    slowly release the air.

    As you take slow, deep breaths through your

    nose, tiny cells high up in your nasal passage are

    stimulated, giving off nitric oxide.

    Nitric oxide is a relaxing, short-lived brain

    neurotransmitter. It causes our blood vessels to

    relax and dilate, so they carry more oxygen to the

    brain, and we feel more calm and alert.

    Phrases That Praise—putting deposits in your kid’s “emotional bank account.”


    • I am proud of you for...
    • Thanks for trying so hard on...
    • I am pleased with the way you...
    • How thoughtful of you to...
    • You have made real progress on...
    • You did an excellent job on...
    • Keep up the good work on...
    • You are a natural at...


    • Well done!
    • I like to hear your ideas.
    • Thank you for working so hard!
    • What a great job!
    • That is a good point. Thank you for sharing.
    • I am sure you can do it; you have done hard things before.
    • Thank you for doing what I asked.

    Actively look for the good in all family members and give sincere compliments. Praise even their attempts at good behavior. You’ll feel happier, and so will they. Only after people feel loved and accepted can they begin to change.

    Upcoming For the Month of October

    We look forward to starting our small groups and lunch bunch groups in the month of October.

    At times, students may be identified by their teacher or other supporting staff as needing some extra skill-building practice through the use of small groups. You will be notified if this is the case with a permission slip that is sent home for the student to participate.

    Small groups are a recourse provided by counselors through teacher and staff referrals to help your student achieve their fullest and best selves while in school. Examples of small groups offered include friendship, anger management, impulse control, parental divorce, self-esteem, coping skills/ emotional self-regulation, etc. Groups are designed to help students achieve academic success by focusing on barriers that could impede their ability at school.

    Lessons K-5:

    As required by the Georgia Department of Education and Senate Bill 401, the Fayette County School System will teach kindergarten through 4th students a lesson on personal safety. At the elementary level, Fayette County Health teachers and elementary school counselors will continue to deliver these lessons with developmentally appropriate information and the school board approved videos.

    • K and 1st Grade - The lesson is about protecting yourself from strangers and bullies.

    • 2nd and 3rd Grade - The lesson is an introduction to the three types of child abuse and how to protect yourself.

    • 4th and 5th Grade - The lesson is a more detailed look at child abuse and what you can do to keep yourself safe.