Counselor Connection Lessons
We started our unit on bullying by reading “Bully Blockers Club.” We discuss that we want Decorah to be a safe place for everyone. We talk about the 3 types of bullying behaviors (mouth, muscle and friend snatcher). We also will learn the bullying triangle – the individuals that are involved in bullying situations (the person doing the bullying behaviors, target and bystander). We will discuss ways that we can stand up, use our voice and get help from an adult. From there we will move into peer pressure and learn how to STOP and THINK before we make a choice for ourselves.
Fall Food Drive
Monday, Nov. 16th, 8:30am to Friday, Nov. 20th, 3:30pm
1225 Sylvan Way
West Bend, WI
Thank you for supporting our Decorah Community as we work together on this project.
Please see Melissa Foss if you have any questions!
Gingerbread Gift Giving Program
Location: The Youth & Family Project
630 Elm Street
November is about more than turkey!
- Ask your children about the highs and lows of their school day. What went well? What went right? Focus on appreciating the positive.
- Thank your children often, even if they're doing required chores or activities you requested of them. Let them know you notice and appreciate their effort!
- Say "thank you" to your spouse, your friends, and your family in the presence of your children.
- Generate an attitude of giving. Ask your children to gather and donate old toys, clothes or books to other children who may be in need.
- Encourage your children to write or draw thank you notes or pictures to friends, family, teachers, etc.
- Point out how others have helped your children - someone holding the door open, a friend helping your child tie his/her shoes, a teacher giving extra time to make sure your child understood a lesson, etc.
Why is teaching and modeling gratitude so important?
Being able to recognize and appreciate the good things in your life can lead to increased happiness and life satisfaction. For children especially, learning how to be thankful can help in the development of interpersonal skills, included the "big" one - showing empathy. Gratitude leads itself to expanding our worldview. When we're thankful for even the small things, we're thinking of more than just ourselves; we're thinking about how all of us have the ability to positively impact another's life. Gratitude is powerful!