Counselor's Corner

Mrs. Elisa Biertzer, Fair Park School Counselor

January/February 2016- Counselor Connection Lessons


(These are the classroom lessons I get to do in each room every other week. My chance to connect with every student!)


Protective Behavior Lessons


Starting this week, all grade levels will participate in a unit called Protective Behaviors. This unit focuses on personal safety and child abuse prevention. Students will learn the concepts of staying safe in dangerous or uncomfortable situations. All lessons are adjusted for grade-level appropriateness, but the main concepts of safety taught in each grade level are:


  • Everyone has a right to feel safe
  • Your body belongs only to you
  • We all have private parts on our bodies and no one is allowed to touch these private parts except to help us stay clean or healthy
  • If you do not feel safe, you have a right to tell a trusted adult
  • Keep telling until you get help



A letter about this unit went home the first week of January. The letter contains more information about these lessons as well as information about how adults can handle a potentially abusive situation. Please contact me with questions. Parents are always welcome to attend these lessons to help support this important message at home.



Kindergarten

Protective Behavior Lessons:

Lesson 1: Video - What Tadoo (1995 Gary Mitchell Film Company)

Students will learn that there are three kinds of touches: Safe, Unsafe and Unwanted. We learn that our bodies are especially private in the areas covered by our swimming suit.

Lesson 2: Book - The Right Touch by Sandy Kleven

This book reviews touches that feel safe, and what to do if you feel uncomfortable or unsafe. Introduce the song My Body's Mine to reinforce the message. Students will identify four adults to tell if they feel unsafe.



1st Grade


Protective Behavior Lessons:

Lesson 1: I can Play it Safe by Allison Feigh

Main ideas: We all have the right to feel safe. Nothing is too small or too scary to talk about; we can always talk to adults that we trust. As a class we sing the song My Body's Mine. Students will complete a take-home page listing adults in their safety network.


Lesson 2: A Most Unusual Tail, James Stanfield Publishing

Students review the three kinds of touches and the messages "My body belongs to me" and "I can say NO to touches I don't like." They are reminded to follow our three safety rules: Say "No." Get away. tell someone.


2nd Grade

Protective Behavior Lessons:

Brad Creighton, the Educational Outreach Coordinator from Friends of Abused Families will be our guest speaker during the first lesson for 2nd - 4th grade classes, partnering with me. Together we will be following our district curriculum for each of these grades.


Lesson 1: Video: It's Your Body, You're In Charge, Sunburst Media

Main ideas: My body belongs to me, different kinds of touches, trust your feelings, Say No, get away and tell until you are believed and remember it's not your fault.


Lesson 2: Book - Not in Room 204 by Shannon Riggs

Main ideas: Safe vs. Unsafe secrets. The book tells the story of Regina Lillian Hadway, a fictional character who has a secret that makes her quiet, scared and sad. Students are encouraged to tell an adult they trust if they ever have a secret that makes them feel scared or unsafe. Students will identify safe adults in their lives.


3rd Grade


Self Understanding/Management Lesson: Multiple Intelligence's

Students will be able to identify their kind of "smart." We will go through an interactive powerpoint explaining what smarts are. We then will take an inventory to find out what areas we are "smart" in. The class will then do some in-class activities to better understand this information.


Protective Behavior Lessons:

Brad Creighton, the Educational Outreach Coordinator from Friends of Abused Families will be our guest speaker during the first lesson for 2nd - 4th grade classes, partnering with me. Together we will be following our district curriculum for each of these grades.


Lesson 1: Video - When Should you Tell? Dealing with Abuse Sunburst Visual Media

Building on our concepts from 2nd grade, we review the different types of secrets. Discuss how it feels to keep a scary secret and why it could be hard to tell.


Lesson 2: Main ideas: our body sends us instincts or warning feelings. These are our body's alarm system to keep us safe. Tell an adult you trust if you have a warning feeling or an unsafe feeling. Students will create a plan of safe adults at home, at school and in the community.


4th Grade


Coping Skills/Managing Stress:

Students will be able to have a plan for how to cope with stress both in and out of school with a menu of choices we talked about and discussed. We talked about what stress is and what it does to our body to have a better understanding of why it is so important to have strategies and use them to "Not Pop our Corks" as the book we read says.


Protective Behavior Lessons:

Brad Creighton, the Educational Outreach Coordinator from Friends of Abused Families will be our guest speaker during the first lesson for 2nd - 4th grade classes, partnering with me. Together we will be following our district curriculum for each of these grades.


Lesson 1: Video "If it Happens to you" Dealing with Abuse - Sunburst Visual Media

This video uses the terms "physical abuse," "sexual abuse," and "neglect." Before the video, I introduce these terms to students an discuss them using the language we've used in previous grade levels. After the video, we discuss the three stories and review the importance of telling a safe adult if you are in an unsafe situation.


Lesson 2: Internet Safety Game Show. Students will participate in a "game show" to learn tips for staying safe online or while using technology.

Mrs. Elisa Biertzer, Fair Park School Counselor

Feel free to contact me with any questions regarding Fair Park and the K-4 School Counseling Program.

New! Book Club Opportunity: Love Languages of Children

Thursday, Feb. 18th, 3:30pm

Fair Park Library

Anyone(staff or parents) interested in joining a discussion about the book Love Languages of Children is WELCOME! Multiple times on Feb. 18th will be offered in the hopes you can join one if you wish. More information to come. If interested contact Mrs. Biertzer.

Celebrate Families Week

Sunday, Feb. 14th, 11am

WB High School

The high school is hosting the countywide event on Sunday, Feb. 14th and we hope many of our families will join the (FREE) celebration from 11-3. Watch for Family Bingo packets to come home the week before with info on how we at Fair Park will extend Celebrate Families week with our school community! Should be fun!
Family Center of Washington County

So many great resources and connections for all! And so close to our school! Check it out!