LMS Counseling News - Staff Edition

December 2014/January 2015

Getting Ready for the Spring Semester Before Winter Break

Here are some tips for making the most out of your Winter Break and creating a fresh start in January:

· Reset your classroom management and/or seating. Determine which strategies are working well for you now and plan to reteach these after break. Keep in mind what seating arrangements have been productive. In addition, make a mental note of what strategies, seating, grouping, etc that need a change. January is always a great time for change! Make plans to do this.

· Refresh your classroom. Look around your room and decide what needs to go…..plants, critters, dirt or any mess. Tidy up with a fresh display to come back to in January!

· ENJOY! Your personal health and well-being are essential to your effectiveness as a teacher. Take good care of yourself. Enjoy those moments you have with loved ones.

Keep Your Holidays Stress Free!

Families want their holidays to be happy for everyone, but this season can sometimes be a time of chaos and stress for kids and parents. It is important to remember that both children and parents need time to relax. Here are some ways to reduce stress during the holidays:

1. Remember routines. When a routine is broken, stress can result.

2. Say "No". You don't have to accept every invitation to parties and events. Prioritize and reduce.

3. Nutrition. Have you ever noticed the lines at fast food restaurants during the holiday season? The lines are longer because people are too busy to cook and eat at home. Take the time to talk and enjoy time with your family over a table of nutritious food.

4. Rest and relaxation. Everyone needs to take a "time out" to rest and relax. Be sure to schedule this into your holiday schedule.

5. Laugh. Lighten the mood with funny movies or fun activities for the entire family.

Winter Break

LPSD will observe Winter Break from December 22, 2014 to January 2, 2015. School will resume on Monday, January 5. Have a safe and fun holiday!

Coffee & Chats with the Counselor

Friday, Jan. 16th 2015 at 8am

LMS Media Center

This event is designed to provide a casual environment for parents and the school counselor to get together and engage in discussions related to what our students are going through. The topic for this chat is "Why Do They Act That Way?". Does your middle school child sometimes drive you crazy? Come learn why. We will discuss the brain development of an adolescent child. We will look at their cognitive and social development, discuss parenting styles and learn how to provide structure and support while your child's brain develops.

Learning PARCC Technology Skills for Students

Wednesday, Jan. 28th 2015 at 1-3pm

LMS

Brook Singletary from Wilbur D. Mills Coop will be visiting with teachers during their planning periods to review PARCC technology skills for our students. This will be a working session for teachers to gain more information to give to our students in preparation for the Spring 2015 PARCC testing.