Counseling Connection

Social/Emotional Learning with Mrs. Sarnow

October is Bullying Prevention Month

Hello families!

It seems as though every month.... almost every DAY... has a "national" label to it. Some are quirky and just a fun way to recognize things we all enjoy or make us laugh (for example, as I am writing this, today is National Grouch Day, I Love Lucy Day, Cheese Curd Day and many other options).

Other monthly themes, like National Bullying Prevention Month, are more serious and deserve our attention. Sometimes the word "BULLY" is thrown around without much regard to what it really means to be bullied. During this month, take some time to talk with your child(ren) about what the true definition of bullying is:

Intentional behavior, which is typically repeated, that hurts, harms or humiliates a student, either physically OR emotionally, and can happen while at school, in the community, or online. Those bullying often have more social or physical "power", while those targeted have difficulty stopping the behavior. - PACER's National bullying prevention center

And beyond that, talk with them about the importance of informing adults when they see it happening. Telling is NOT tattling. Especially when it comes to the topic of bullying!

5 Steps for Talking About Bullying With Your Child | PACERTalks About Bullying

Website for Families

Doug Baldwin - Make Conversations With Your Kids a Daily Habit PSA

Intermediate Focus

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5th Grade:

In 5th grade we focused our classroom counseling lesson around the idea of being an UPSTANDER. How can we help those who may be bullied or made fun of? How can we stand up against bullying? They then created their own ideas and helped me decorate our Bully Bulletin Board with them.

6th Grade:

In 6th grade we discussed all the different people who are affected by bullying; the victim, the bystander and even the bully themselves. We watched a short video and then created post-its that described why the students cared about bully prevention.

7th and 8th Grade:

We discussed why people may bully and what we can do to help those who may be the victims of bullying. The students created "crumpled" hearts with mean statements they have either had said to them or maybe said to others themselves. They then wrote over those hurtful statements with positive ones to show how they can overcome negative words or actions.

Elementary Focus

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All Grades:

In our classroom counseling lessons, we have started this month off with the topic of PERSEVERANCE. What does it mean to preserver? How have we shown perseverance ourselves? How can we overcome obstacles and work through hard things?

Students came up with these things they can say to themselves:

  • "I can do this!"
  • "I will keep trying."
  • "I won't give up!"
  • "Be strong!"
  • "I've almost got it!!!"