Mentor Manor!

Where Mentoring Matters...

FROM THE KIDS AT Decker Elementary School --- who now have Samsung Mentors!

Thank you to all of our new mentors who have stepped up and volunteered to go to a school that previously had 0 mentors. We appreciate you and your dedication to our district and community. We have placed 10 students with mentors at this campus since January.

Please Remember....

  1. Sign the teal colored binder before and after every visit.
  2. If you need specific supplies, call us at 512.278.4257 or email our office. We are happy to provide supplies based on preferences.
  3. If you have any concerns re: your mentee or your visits, please do not hesitate to contact us.

RESEARCH SAYS......Tips to Remember When Helping Your Mentee with Bullies

One of our District Initiatives this school year is our Anti-Bully Campaign. All MISD staff district wide (administrators and teachers) have been trained in helping to bring about a climate of safety through our anti-bully campagin. Very often, you as a mentor, are one of your mentee's strongest advocates. Please help to teach your mentee these tips when dealing with situations that involve a bully.


Help build self-esteem in your mentee. Explain to your mentee that bullies can sense when someone feels unsure or less confident than they should. Bullies prey on people that are less confident. Give an example of a situation that you may have dealt with when growing up and how you resolved this situation.


You may want to talk to your mentee about body language: standing up straight, looking people in the eye and greeting others. Experts report that body language is approximately 75% of all nonverbal communication. Body language can impact overall self esteem. Perception is reality--if a bully perceives low self-confidence they are more likely to bully this student.


Be the advocate and example that your mentee needs to succeed.


1 Stand next to, or speak up for, the person being bullied. Ask the bully to stop. Comfort the person being bullied and offer friendship .


2 If your mentee is the witness of bullying, advise him/her to ...

• Interrupt the bully by talking to the person being bullied, "are you okay?"

• Stand next to, or speak up for the person being bullied.

• Comfort the person being bullied and offer your friendship.

• Teach your mentee that it is ALWAYS BEST to report the offense. This is called reporting not 'snitching'. Students must report the offense to a trusted adult. Please help your mentee identify trusted adults with whom they can confide. Possible individuals they may reach out can include: the school's counselor or campus administrator, their parents or YOU—their wonderful mentor!


It is important to resolve bullying issues as they rarely resolve themselves. Your mentee will be better able to conquer this problem with your help. Teach them to 'help' themselves when it comes to bullies.

~MARK YOUR CALENDARS~


  • March 16-20, 2015 Spring Break- Student Holiday
  • Friday, April 3, 2015 Student Holiday
  • STAAR Testing Dates (All campuses will be closed) Monday (3/30) thru Thursday (4/2) --no mentoring please as security requires that campuses shutdown for testing. If you have a specific question, please call your mentee's campus at 512.278.4000.
  • Please visit http://www.manorisd.net/apps/events/ for more information on clanedar schedules. This web site can access district as well as campus calendars.

THANK YOU MENTORS!

Thank you for all you do! Truly, your work with our students is priceless!

You are changing a life one mentor visit at a time. We cannot do our work without you!