Gateway School Counseling

January 2022 Family Newsletter


Hello from your Gateway School Counselors, Kelsey Buglewicz-Miller and Alison McGovern! We are so excited that you are checking out our monthly newsletter. This is a space for us to share fun activities for you to do with your family, updates to our program, resources you may be interested in, and other information related to school counseling. If you have any questions about the items posted, please feel free to reach out to a Gateway School Counselor via email.

Everything You Need to Know About Middle School Registration

Middle School Selection

For our students transitioning to Middle School next year, the process will begin this month! In the pictures below, you will find information about middle school open houses and how to identify which middle school is in your home attendance area and which schools are your partner schools.

Be on the look out for the school selection forms to come home with your student(s) the week of January 10th. The forms will need to be returned to your child's teacher by January 28th.

If you have any questions about middle school or school selection, please let us know! Our contact information is located at the bottom of this newsletter.

This Month at Gateway

Focusing in the Classroom

We are in the beginning of a new Second Step unit this month. This unit of classroom lessons will focus on improving listening skills and focusing in the classroom. Our kindergarten and second grade students have been improving on these skills over the last few months, but our lessons will be especially important during the times before and after highly anticipated long breaks. If you think that your child could use some additional support with focusing in the classroom, please reach out to one of the school counselors! Our contact information is listed at the bottom of this newsletter and on the Gateway website.

Focusing on the Future

We are in the beginning of our next unit of Second Step classroom lessons this month! This unit will highlight the skill of goal setting and teach students how to achieve the goals that they set. The timing of this unit aligns with the end of our first semester and the beginning of 2022, so we will be coaching our intermediate students on setting goals for the next quarter/semester/year! Ask your student what goals they are setting for themselves! We know that working on reaching our goals with a team or partner makes us more likely to succeed, so you can also work with your student(s) to set a family goal to work on together!

Help at Home

Setting Goals

Setting goals is a great way to work on self improvement. Goal setting can feel intimiadating, but here are a few tips on how to be successful in achieving the goals that you set:

  • Work With a Partner or Group: Setting goals with your family can be a great way to help each of you follow the plan that you have set up. When other people are there to hold you accountable, you are more likely to reach the goal that you set!
  • Celebrate the Small Wins: Instead of only rewarding yourself when you reach your big goal, set small goals to reach on the way there! When you reach one of your small goals, have a reward planned like an ice cream trip or a movie night. This will help you stay motivated on your way to the big goal!
  • Give Yourself Grace: Goal setting is challenging and that is a good thing, but sometimes we can become discouraged when we get "off track". Instead of throwing in the towel, remind yourself that you are doing the best you can at this time. When we fail, it gives us an opportunity to reassess. Maybe that small goal wasn't small enough, maybe there was a holiday or family crisis that got in the way of your small goal. Try again! Small progress is still progress.
  • Set a SMART goal: The way you decide to format your goal is important. SMART stands for Specific, Measurable, Attainable/Achievable, Realistic/Relevant, and Time-Bound. An example of a general goal may be "I want to read more this year". Although this goal might be important to you, how will you know if you have achieved it? A SMART version of this goal could be "I will read 10 pages every night for the month of January" OR "I will read 2 books by February 28th". These goals are specific, measurable, attainable (for some people), realistic (for some people), and time bound. In the second example, you could break the goal down even more by saying you want to have a certain number of chapters or pages read each week. This could be your small goal leading to the big one!

We have a SMART goal for all of you! This week, we want you to talk to your student(s) about goal setting and pick 1 goal to work on as a family for the month of January. You will be amazed at what you can achieve together!

Get Organized Month

January is 'Get Organized Month'! Many people set resolutions or goals in January to become more organized, whether that is at work or at home. Sometimes this can seem like an overwhelming or unattainable goal, however, as mentioned above, it is easier to achieve big goals when we break them down into smaller chunks. Here are some small things you can do to get more organized this month... Do one of these each day or a couple each week & don't forget to reward yourself after each small task!

  • declutter unnecessary papers (old magazines, receipts, junk mail)
  • clean out the junk drawer (empty the space completely, throw away any trash, sort the rest)
  • declutter your desk or workspace (toss out dried up pens, dust & wipe down the area, sort)
  • declutter your kitchen (check the dates on food in your fridge and pantry, clean all of the shelves & drawers)
  • do a bathroom deep clean (clean and organize drawers & cabinets, throw away anything that is expired)
  • clean out your closet (donate or sell anything that you can't remember wearing in the last year, H&M will recycle any clothes, towels, or sheets that are too worn to donate or sell)
  • rearrange or update your furniture (a simple paint job or shift in placement can make an old space feel new!)
  • digital declutter (delete old photos, apps that aren't being used, and other files that are taking up your digital space)
  • create a calendar and budget (set small goals about spending intentionally)

Winter Clothing Support

Winter is here which means cold weather is on the way! If your family needs support with winter clothing and gear, such as coats, gloves, scarves, hats, or socks, please let us know and we can help!

Panera Bread Program Update

This year, Gateway started a new partnership with a local Panera Bread location by receiving weekly donations from them containing freshly baked breads, bagels, and other baked goods.

These donations were available on Wednesdays during dismissal on a table near the main 'Exit' doors of the building.

This semester, we will be distributing donations differently and will no longer have a table outside on Wednesday afternoons. Instead, each classroom will receive Panera coupons that teachers can give out to students either based on need or achievement. Donation amounts may vary each week. Some weeks only one student per class will get to pick from the table. This will give more students an opportunity to take home Panera for themselves and their family members.

If you are in need of food assistance throughout the school year, please call Gateway and ask to speak with a school counselor.

General Resources

Contact Us

Ms. Ali McGovern

If you have a question about a resource, please feel free to reach out via email or by calling our offices. If you would like to refer your student for a meeting, please utilize our QR code!

Mrs. Kelsey Buglewicz-Miller

If you have a question about a resource, please feel free to reach out via email or by calling our offices. If you would like to refer your student for a meeting, please utilize our QR code!

Student Referral Form

Please utilize this QR code or the link attached if you would like your student to meet with a School Counselor!