CUBS Connection

Lincoln School Counselor Notes

Lost!

Can't find that jacket, sweatshirt, or shoe in the morning? It may be in the Lincoln School lost and found. Over the course of the year several items are found and turned in to the office. There is a lost & found box in the front foyer. Once it gets a little full we put the items on a table so the kids can see them a little better. If you lost it, look here first!


Kids Making a Difference

Anxiety in Kids

Kids have worries too. Anxiety and worry is common for elementary kids. They are doing so many things for the first time ever and it is common to feel apprehensive. We have several books to address this with our kids. Julia Cook, a former school counselor and author, gives some tips from her book Wilma Jean the Worry Machine below.

"Anxiety is a subjective sense of worry, apprehension, and/or fear. It is considered to be the number one health problem in America. Although everyone feels anxious from time to time, approximately 10% of children have excessive fears and worries that can keep them from enjoying life. Although quite common, anxiety disorders in children are often misdiagnosed or overlooked. It is normal for everyone to feel fear, worry and apprehension from time to time, but when these feelings prevent a person from doing what he/she wants and/or needs to do, anxiety becomes a disability."

Here are a few tips for dealing with an anxious child:
  • Genuinely accept your child's concerns.
  • Listen to your child's perceptions and gently correct misinformation.
  • Patiently encourage your child to approach a feared situation on step at a time until it becomes familiar and manageable.
  • Always try to get your child to events on time, or early - being late can elevate levels of anxiety.
  • Continually set equal expectations for all kids anxious or not. Expecting a child to be anxious will only encourage anxiety.
  • Role-play strategies - how to react in certain situations. - Explore both best case scenarios and worst case scenarios using realistic evidence.
  • Build on your child's personal strengths.
  • Help your child organize their school materials for the next day the night before.
  • Allow and encourage your child to do things on his own.
  • If a child is going to be singled out for a classroom activity, let that child know a day in advance so that he can feel more prepared.
  • Designate a "safe person" at school that understands your child's worries and concerns.
  • Try not to pass your own fears onto your child.
  • Work together as a team (family members, teachers, child, day-care providers etc.)
  • Set consequences - don't confuse anxiety with other types of inappropriate behavior. Set limits and consequences so that you don't allow anxiety to enable your child.
  • Have reasonable expectations.


Flu Season

It has begun... Several students seem to be catching "the bug" recently. Here is some information from our school nurses.

Frequent hand washing & covering of coughs and sneezes remains the effective way to lessen your chances of spreading disease from one to another. Seems to simple—but it works. Please continue to stress this with our students.

Returning to school after the illness--students or staff—they should be fever free at least 24 hours. This is standard attendance policy for us. A physician’s direction would be followed if more extensive than this. Parents can be told this when they call their child in sick.

Get more information on how the flu spreads as well as other illness guidelines on the health services portion of the USD #379 website here.

Make sure your contact information is up to date in Power School so your child can be attended to quickly if an illness occurs!


Be Part of Something BIG in Kansas

Are you interested in helping fathers in your community learn how to be more engaged in their children’s lives?

The National Center for Fathering is preparing a proposal for the Kansas Department of Children & Families to create a statewide network of community father trainers/mentors who would work with dads of Head Start and Early Head Start children on a year-round basis. These community-based father trainers would conduct fathering classes, organize outings and provide up to 2 hours a week of father mentoring.

To create this network, they are looking for up to 50 Kansas resident fathers who have a passion for fathers and children and share our belief that every child needs an involved father.

If you are interested in being a father trainer/mentor in your community or just want to find out more, visit our website at fathers.com/KansasStrongDads and fill out a brief survey. They will contact you with more details.

If you know someone who might be interested, please forward this email to them and encourage them to complete the interest survey.

Due to the timing of our proposal, please respond no later than November 4th.

Thank you!


Upcoming Events

  • Thursday, October 31 - Lincoln School Halloween Parade 2:15-3:00. Parents are welcome to line the halls and watch all of the kids parade through the school.
  • Thursday, October 31 - Project LEAD Thursday kids to the Downtown Clay Center Halloween 4:00-5:30.
  • Friday, November 1 - Garfield School Carnival 5:30-7:30 at GES
  • November 3 - Daylight Savings Time Ends - Fall back 1 hour
  • Monday, November 4 - Garfield Veterans Day Program 7:00-8:00pm @ CCCHS Auditorium
  • Wednesday, November 6 - Parent/Teacher Conferences 4:00-8:00. Schedule with your child's teacher.
  • Thursday, November 7 - Parent/Teacher Conferences 8:00am-8:00pm. Schedule with your child's teacher. On Thursday, Project LEAD staff will be in the gym to supervise children while parents are in meetings.
  • Friday, November 8 - No School
  • Monday, November 11 - No School - Teacher Inservice


Contact Information

Kristin Wright, M.S., NBCT
Lincoln Elementary School Counselor