February Counselor's Corner

Ms. Candow

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No One Eats Alone Lunch Monday, February 13, 2017

The Kindness Crew will be helping our school to celebrate Friendship month by hosting a No One Eats Alone Lunch. This is an event where the Kindness Crew will try and reverse the trend of social isolation by asking students to engage in a simple act of kindness at lunch - making sure that no one is eating alone. No One Eats Alone Day is the starting place for changing the culture of our school to one where all students feel included, valued and accepted by their peers.

No One Eats Alone works because of three simple ideas:

1. Students Can Improve Their Own Communities: No One Eats Alone Day allows students to make a tangible change in their own community by making sure everyone is included at lunch.

2. Inclusive Communities are Stronger Communities: Inclusive school communities create happier and more successful students while also empowering youth.

3. Stopping Social Isolation Helps to Stop Bullying: Social isolation is oftentimes the precursor for bullying. School communities with a culture of inclusion have far fewer instances of bullying.

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Parent Teacher Conferences

Parent and teacher conferences will be held on February 9th and February 15th from 4:45 until 7:45. The parent teacher conference is a time to check in with your child's teacher regarding their progress, and to develop a relationship with your child's teacher as you both work to support your child. The time provided is short, so the following are some suggestions to make the most of your time.

1. Check your child's progress on Power School. Having a sense of your child's grades can eliminate any surprises at conference night and can provide you with questions of how you can best support your child and teacher's efforts.

2. If there are concerns, collaboratively look for solutions. You are, by far, the teacher's best resource concerning how to best motivate and reach your child. Provide the teacher with ideas that have worked for you. Remember this is a partnership and your participation is necessary to support the educational process.

3. Write down questions you have. Ask the most important questions you have first. Since there is limited time, 15 minutes for most conferences, spend the time wisely discussing the most pressing issues first.

4. Ask about anything you do not understand. For example, education is full of acronyms (TBT, I/E, PBIS etc.), so if there is language and jargon that you are unfamiliar with, ask the teacher to clarify.

5. Bring a pen and paper so you can take notes. Specifically ask what you can do to support your child at home. When you leave the conference you should have a good idea of your child's current progress, strengths, and areas that are in need of improvement. As a partner in the educational process, the work that you carry through at home is crucial to the success of your child.

6. After the conference, talk to your child about the conference. Make sure to include the positive points of the meeting, areas that are of concern, and any plans that were developed.

7. Since conferences are in February, make sure that you follow up with your child's teacher regarding progress and plans that may have been developed. Keeping in touch with your child's teacher is important. Do not wait for them to contact you.

8. Don't forget about your child's special teachers and other important people that work with your child such as Art, Music, Physical Education, Speech, School Psychologist, English Language Learner, Small Group Instructors, and Counselor. These are good people to check in with as well to see how your child is doing.

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February is Friendship Month

This month the Kindness Crew will be making sure no one eats alone by celebrating national No One Eats Alone Day on February 13th. Students will write why no one should eat alone at lunch, be alone at recess, or have to work alone in class.

They will also have the whole school make and decorate hearts for Altenheim Nursing Home and it's residents.