The Mindful Mules
Middle School Counseling Newsletter
Welcome back! Let’s make it a great year!
Another school year is upon us and we hope to make it even better this year! We want to welcome all of our new and returning families to the new school year! Let’s make it fantastic! We will be going into classrooms throughout the year to provide classroom lessons and assist new and returning students with anything they need. Our goal is to provide quarterly updates from the counseling office.
Please feel free to contact us if needed. We look forward to working with you and your child(ren).
Jodi Callinan, Counseling Director
Tamrah Rouleau, Middle School Counselor
Kaitlyn Schena, NJSHS Social Worker
Amanda Nieves, School Psychologist
Kathi Al-Darraji, School Counselor
Manya Cetlin, Counseling Admin / Registrar
Back to School Transition
Back to School can be Tough on Kids and Parents
As with the beginning of any year, changes can infiltrate our routines, and this year is no different. To help ensure your child finds success this year, here are some things to consider:
· Communicate with your child’s teachers- ask your child questions, clarify classwork and homework expectations, attend the open house, inform teachers of anything happening at home that may affect your child at school. Teachers are better able to meet you and your child’s needs when they are able to openly and honestly communicate with you.
· Communicate with your child- remember to ask your child about his/her school day, their homework, their friends, and anything else they wish to share with you. They may have important insight and information to share with you. Let their voice be heard!
· Parents, get involved- at Newmarket Middle School, there are a variety of ways that both parents and students can get involved. Parents can attend PTO meetings and volunteer at various events throughout the year. Our parent network is what makes us strong!
· Students, get involved- In addition, we urge our students to also get involved in extracurricular activities such as sports teams, clubs, ambassadors, etc. Your child will have an even greater experience in middle school by discovering his/her likes and passions through these activities!
Monthly District Themes
We will be providing lessons and resources surrounding monthly themes. These themes are focused on positive character traits that all tie into students Being Kind, Being Strong, and Being Well.
Social skills like listening, friendship, solving conflicts, and leadership.
These skills are taught alongside Empathy, Respect, & Cooperation
Skills that help students focus, stay organized, and set goals.
These skills are taught alongside Responsibility, Courage, & Perseverance
Skills that help students handle their emotions and deal with stress.
The monthly themes for 2023-2024 are:
December: Empathy (including generosity)
June: Cruising into summer safety
How can we help you and/or you child?
How can your school counselor help?
School Counselors help all students in the areas of academic achievement, personal/social development and career development, ensuring today's students become the productive, well-adjusted adults of tomorrow. This can be done in an individual or group counseling setting as well as classroom lessons.
· Classroom support
· Goal setting
· Study skills and organization
· Individual plans for academic success
· Education on job clusters
· Interests/skills survey
· Career exploration
· Connecting interest, activities, and performance to career opportunities
Personal and Social Development:
· Developing a positive mindset
· Interpersonal skills
· Problem solving/resolving conflict
· Strengths and resiliency
· Healthy decision making
· Respect for others and self
How can your school social worker help you?
"When things outside of school are making it hard for you to succeed in school."
If you are concerned about your child's mental health impacting their day to day functioning, I will meet with you and your child to hear what is going on, and if needed make recommendations for strategies, make referrals, and/or provide brief in school counseling to make sure they are ready to learn.
Is your child having trouble with their peers? Are they doing well academically, but still struggling in school? I will work with the student to find what is causing their problems, and come up with strategies to make their school experience better.
If your family is struggling financially, I have a wide range of resources to connect you with. I have helped families access clothes, school supplies, fuel assistance, SNAP, and even worked with local agencies to fix families' ovens, get them furniture, and help pay their electric bills. You don't need to struggle on your own, if you reach out I may be able to help.
Events and Awareness (Q1)
Grades 6-8 - September 12-13
- Tips to help your child(ren):
- Get a good nights sleep
- Have a nutritious breakfast
- Avoid the morning rush
- Bring Chromebook charged with charger and be on time!
Grades 6-8 - Weeks of September 25th and October 2nd
- More information about their programming can be found here: https://havennh.org/our-services/education/
October is Bullying Prevention Month
PACER.org - Wonderful resources for families including the definition of bullying, how to help your child, working with the school an mobile and online safety information.
StopBullying.gov - Provides resources on bullying, cyberbullying, prevention and how to get help.
Stomp Out Bullying - Great information about bullying and cyberbullying as well as resources for support.
Signs of Suicide (SOS) Prevention Training
SOS prevention education will be provided to all middle school students during Health class throughout the year.
Suicide Prevention for Students:
SOS Signs of Suicide is an affordable, evidence-based suicide prevention program that has demonstrated a 64% reduction in self-reported suicide attempts.
RED RIBBON WEEK
October 23-31: Use Red Ribbon Week as an opportunity to continue talking to your kids about drugs. Let them know that alcohol and drug use will not be tolerated. For more information and resources check out the site here: https://www.redribbon.org/about
October is Mental Health Awareness Month
Each year, millions of Americans face the reality of living with a mental health condition. However, mental illness affects everyone directly or indirectly through family, friends or coworkers. We believe that mental health conditions are important to discuss year-round, but highlighting them during the month of October provides a dedicated time for mental health advocates across the country to come together as one unified voice.
Resources for families include but are not limited to:
Middle School Open House
Wednesday, Sep 20, 2023, 06:00 PM
Do you still have questions or need support?
Counseling Office Direct Number: 603-292-7943