Guidance Dept Newsletter - LFMS

2018-19 Holiday Edition 3

Wishing All Our LFMS Family and Friends a Joyous and Peaceful Holiday Season!

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Winter Reading Challenge

Complete the attached link below Winter Holiday Reading Challenge for prizes from your Guidance Team!

Gift Guide for Book Lovers

Don't know what to give your older sibling or parent for Christmas? Check out the Stanford Gift Guide for Book Lovers or consider one of a Stanford professors favorite books. Perhaps you're looking for a book for a younger sibling or maybe a book to read to meet the Winter Reading Challenge? Check out Common Sense Media's Essential Books Guide for Ages 2-17.

Things to Do with Your Child During the Winter School Break

Click the buttons below for suggestions on how to help your child keep learning while still enjoying the holiday season.

Click the titles below for suggestions on helping your child learn while still enjoying the holiday season.

Should Students Study over Winter Break?

Students should balance their holiday break with rest and relaxation but find time to fit in a balance of mental academic challenges over the holiday season. Read how to help your child keep learning while still enjoying the holiday season.

7 Ways to Keep Students Engaged Over Winter Break

Do you worry about your child losing the momentum gained over the first semester? Everyone needs a mental break to revive and refresh their minds but consider these ideas to find ways in your family holiday activities to stay mentally engaged.

Free Brain Activities for Fun

There are several websites available that will keep your child occupied and his/her brain working. In addition to reading 20 minutes a day, children and adults alike may enjoy completing logic puzzles or Sudoku. Here are a few websites where resources are free to play or download.

Puzzle Baron's Logic Puzzles - This webpage allows you to choose from a variety of logic puzzles from Sudoku, Calcudoku (similar to Sudoku but with a mathematical component), Wordtwists, etc. Each webpage will allow you to create your own puzzles and choose from different levels from Very Easy, to Fiendishly Challenging! Children can have fun while keeping their brains mentally challenged.

Wondering What to Do Over the Winter Holidays?

Check out the link below for over 150 suggestions around Orange County provided by SandyToes and Popsicles.

Quicklink Resources

Guidance Webpage Information and/or links on the Academic Domain such as study skills, test taking, tutoring resources, and useful links for help with English writing and Math skills

Counselors Corner Resource Personal-Social Domain including stress management, conflict mediation, grief, and social skills

College and Career Guidance Information about high school graduation requirements, college admissions, and career choices.

Ms. Teri Graffeo - Academic Advisor Q-Z

MA - Counseling

Ms. Graffeo splits her responsibilities with Ladera Ranch MS. She will be available on site at Las Flores MS on Mondays and Tuesdays. You may also reach her via email.

Mr. Omero Corral

MAEd - Educational Counseling, PPS School Counseling

Ms. Lindsay Depass - School Psychologist

Mrs. Angela Danna - Registrar, Guidance Secretary

Non-Discrimination Statement

The Board of Trustees desires to provide a safe school environment that allows all students equal access and opportunities in the district’s academic and other educational support programs, services, and activities. The Board prohibits, at any District school or school activity, unlawful discrimination, including discriminatory harassment, intimidation, and bullying of any student based on the student’s actual or perceived race, color, ancestry, national origin, nationality, ethnicity, ethnic group identification, age, religion, marital or parental status, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, or gender expression or association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics.