Monthly update for staff and families ~ December
May your winter be filled with LOVE and KINDNESS!
Kindergarten students will learn how to shake hands while also learning to "shake it off" when someone says, "I'm sorry."
First and Second grade students will hear the story by Dr. Seuss, The Sneetches and discuss how we can show kindness in spite of our differences.
Third, Fourth, and Fifth grade will all participate in a discussion around teasing vs. bully behaviors after reading the story by Trudy Ludwig, Just Kidding.
When does teasing cross the line?
"It takes a great deal of courage to stand up to your enemies, but a great deal more to stand up to your friends." ~ Albus Dumbledore
A book about forgiveness
"When something goes wrong or annoys me, I might not be able to stop it, or change it. But I can decide to let it go." ~ By. Cheri Meiners
When does teasing cross the line?
Small Group Counseling
The counseling department is pleased to offer the opportunity for your student to participate in small group counseling. These groups are offered with the hope that students can come together to share concerns or issues that they may have in common with each other. The small group format also provides an opportunity for your child to reinforce skills that will support and enhance his/her academic and social development.
Below are the topics for small groups that will be offered for the spring 2016 semester. Small groups will meet on a rotating schedule for 5-8 weeks. Have someone in mind? Please email me!
Cool Cats (Anger Management): This group involves activities that are designed to help students recognize, gauge, and manage anger. During this group, we will also discuss the physical characteristics of anger and how to identify anger in themselves and others.
Stress Less! (stress/anxiety): The goal of this group is to help students who experience a high level of stress or anxiety related to school. During this group, we will work to identify, discuss, and understand the many feelings associated with stress, and explore strategies that may help students minimize stress and anxiety.
Building Resiliency: Resiliency is the ability to bounce back from difficult or challenging situations. This group will focus on having a positive outlook, understanding and communicating feelings, having and maintaining friends, handling stress, problem solving skills, and self-esteem. This group will help students identify their own personal strengths and learn ways to apply those strengths when faced with a difficult situation or conflict.
Banana Splits (divorce, separation, etc.): This group is geared towards students who have had challenges adapting to the changes associated with parents who are going through a divorce/separation or other home transition. These changes have significantly impacted their academic success and social interactions with peers.
Best Buds (Friendship Skills): This group is beneficial to students who have significant challenges making new friends and/or interacting socially with their peers. social interactions with peers. For older grades the focus is on relational aggression and conflict resolution skills.
Marvelous Me (Self-Esteem): This group is designed to meet the needs of students whose confidence level significantly impedes their academic success. Students will learn to identify their own personal strengths and build their own self-esteem and confidence.
Please note: small groups can only accommodate 4-6 students at a time
During a discussion on "perception," students drew pictures without showing anyone and then had to fold them a certain way while group members tried to guess what the picture was without seeing the whole picture.
When making a stress balloon, students are taught how to use it along with positive statements to say while using it, such as, "I can calm myself down."
To reduce nervousness students practiced visualizing themselves "going with the flow" and made paper plate jelly fish as a reminder to stay calm, cool, and in control - like a jelly fish!
Tip sheets cover a variety of behaviors
The intent behind Triple P is to support parents making a plan to decrease undesirable behaviors and increase desired behaviors.
Positive Parenting Program!
From baby to Pre-teen
Parenting support for parents with babies on the way, toddlers, preschool students, and elementary school students.