Counselor's Corner

by Mrs. O

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PurposeFull Practice: Gratitude, Lesson 1


Dear McKinley Family,

This week we began our new PurposeFull Practice: Gratitude. I absolutely love this character trait, as it encourages us to dig deep and look for the good in our lives, others, and the world. For instance, although we have faced many unprecedented challenges over the past few years; there is always something we can be thankful for: We can choose to be grateful for obvious things- such as having shelter, food, family, friends, and community; and the not so obvious things- such as our pets, the beauty of nature, eyes to see, ears to hear, hands to hold/hug, and hearts to love, etc.

I have a plaque in my kitchen that reads: Gratitude Turns What We Have Into Enough. When I consider losing anything/one that is dear to me; I realize how very blessed I am, and I am deeply and profoundly grateful (what I have, is more than enough). Besides the peace that comes with practicing gratitude; science has revealed that purposefully practicing gratitude benefits us in numerous ways. Want to know how? Click on the video below entitled The Science of Gratitude.

As I mentioned in my previous newsletter: With the holidays quickly approaching; so too does stress, anxiety, and depression for many. In order to support our wonderful adults through this time, I will be posting special adult only newsletters in the days and weeks to come.

If I don't see you beforehand, I want to sincerely wish you and yours a blessed and joyful break.

Warmly and gratefully yours,

Mrs. O (Ormachea)

McKinley School Counselor

Overview of Resources:

1. Definition of Gratitude

2. Video- The Science of Gratitude

3. Gratitude Letter and Poster from Our Wonderful Gridley Police Department

4. Three Read Alouds, One Song, and One Meditation About Gratitude

5. Links to Parent Resource Letters (English and Spanish) re Gratitude

6. Our McKinley Schoolwide Expectations Chant

1. Definition of Gratitude

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2. Video- The Science of Gratitude

3. Gratitude Returned- Thank You Letter and Poster from Our Gridley Police Department

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4. Three Read Alouds, One Song, and a Meditation About Gratitude

5. Links to Parent Resource Letter: Gratitude (in English and Spanish)

6. Our McKinley School Expectation Chant

Make sure to ask your student to teach you the arm movements that go with our chant. <3
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