Counselor's Corner

Otsego Elementary School: What's Miss Mikesina Planning?

October 2014

Blue Shirt Day: World Day of Bullying Prevention

October is National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month. Monday, October 6th is Blue Shirt Day. We will be wearing blue to spread bullying awareness and to remind our kids to be "upstanders" by helping if they see others being teased or bullied!

Red Ribbon Week: October 20-24

Red Ribbon week is a week where people, schools, and communities unite and take a visible stand against drugs. At the elementary level, Red Ribbon Week is a week where we focus on healthy habits and choices, and pledging to be drug free. The 2014 Red Ribbon Week theme at Otsego Elementary is "I believe in me drug free!"

Monday 10-20 we will have a kick-off event in the gym! Each class will get to visit the event. Here they will be able to learn what red ribbon week is about, sign a banner, make a pledge to be drug free, and get some cool red ribbon week merchandise (free of course!).

Each day will have a theme as well:
  • Monday (10-20): RED-dy, set, go! Dream, Believe, & Achieve... Be Drug Free, Wear Red
  • Tuesday (10-21): Team up against drugs, Wear your favorite sports team gear
  • Wednesday (10-22): Color my world drug free, Wear bright colors
  • Thursday (10-23): We have the power to say no! Dress like a superhero
  • Friday (10-24): Orange you glad you're drug free? Wear Otsego Orange

A flyer will also be sent home with these themes on it!

Lastly, we will also be holding a Hygiene Drive for the Otsego Food Pantry. Throughout this week we will be collecting unused hygiene items (shampoo, body soap, toothbrushes, deoderant, kleenex, fabric softener, laundry detergent, etc.) to donate to the Otsego Food Pantry for those in need.

Parent Connection: A guide to Social Emotional Learning

September Events: Recap

On September 11 we had Maria Dismondy, a children's author, visit and run 2 programs: Empower Me (K-2) and Stand Up (3-5). The students loved her! She was great with the younger ones, kept them interested and had their attention! The students learned about bullying and strategies to help. Also, Maria sold almost 100 books!

What's going on in the classrooms?

As the school counselor, I often visit in the classrooms. I take requests from teachers on what topics I could cover to help support their curriculum. Since there are so many classes in the building, I may not necessarily visit every classroom every month. Some topics I may cover include positive school behaviors, identifying feelings, character traits (responsibility, respect, etc.), problem solving, and much more. Here is what was done in September:

K: Introduction to the School Counselor
1 & 2: Introduction to the School Counselor & Listening
3: Introduction to the School Counselor & Expectations of 3rd graders
4: Introduction to the School Counselor
5: Introduction to the School Counselor
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