Counselor Corner

November 2021

I cannot believe that we are already into November here at Green!


I am grateful that I was able to spend a lot of quality time in classrooms during the month of October. I began the month by focusing on our anti-bullying lessons for students in all grades. I was then lucky enough to go back into the classrooms for a second time to talk about personal space (grades K-2), growing our brains (grades 3-6), and embracing our strengths and unique qualities (grades 7 & 8).


I was very proud of all of our students who participated in our Week of Respect during the first week of October! I would like to thank Detective Garcia for offering our parents a virtual presentation focused on internet safety and cyber-bullying. The Center for Prevention also offered their Positive Climate Summit for middle schools, and we shared those presentations with our students in grades 6 - 8 during their health periods.


Continue reading for more important news, including information about visits from local high schools and the announcement of three winners of the "What's Your Anti-Drug?" contest!


Please remember that I am here to support the students however I can. I am available to meet if a student needs help or just wants to talk! Don't hesitate to reach out if I can support you in any way.


My website is updated regularly with links to resources and information!


Sincerely,

Mrs. Stiles

mstiles@greenhills.org


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October was National Bullying Prevention Month. We kicked off the month with our Week of Respect from October 4 - 8, making sure that each day provided the students and staff with an opportunity to help create a positive atmosphere. Throughout the month, I presented bullying prevention lessons to all students, helping them learn how to recognize, report, and refuse bullying when they see it. Finally, the inspiring presenters at the Virtual Middle School Summit shared important messages of inclusivity, kindness, and hope.


Parents play a key role in helping to prevent and respond to bullying. For more information about what you can do to be part of the solution, go to stopbullying.gov for valuable resources.

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Three Student Winners from Green Hills!

For over 20 years, the Center for Prevention and Wellness and the New Jersey Herald have coordinated a contest called "What's Your Anti-Drug," which invites students in grades 4 - 12 to submit a piece of writing or a piece of art for possible inclusion in the Herald's eight page anti-drug supplement. This year, the contest had over 700 entries from school districts across the county. Green Hills had three winning entries! Joey Melillo, Julien Riera, and Chase Vince-Cruz all had entries were included in the supplement of the New Jersey Herald on November 8th. Congratulations to Joey, Julien, and Chase, as well as to all of our talented students who submitted entries this year! We are so proud of you!
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Visits from Pope John and Sussex Tech

We are very lucky to have both Pope John and Sussex Tech visiting our school to speak with our 8th grade students! Both schools will tell the students about the various programs offered in their high schools, and will explain the application process. Pope John will be visiting on 11/11, and Sussex Tech will visit on 11/17. If you or your child have any questions, please send me an email at mstiles@greenhills.org
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Internet Safety Parent Presentation

We were fortunate enough to have Detective Garcia offer parents a virtual presentation related to Internet Safety and Cyber-bullying. Detective Garcia and Detective Spence work with the Internet Crime and Technology Unit at the Sussex County Prosecutor's Office, and they shared valuable information related to keeping our children safe on the internet. We hope to offer more opportunities for parent engagement focused on student safety and well-being throughout the school year!
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October 10th was World Mental Health Day. One of my priorities with all students is to make sure that they know that there are no wrong feelings. It is okay to not be okay. I want them to know that they are important, loved, and respected, and that the world is a better place because they are in it. Please don't hesitate to reach out if your child needs some additional support or if you notice some changes that seem to be lasting for more than a couple of weeks. I'm here to help however I can.
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Positive School Climate Summit

For more than 20 years, The Center for Prevention and Counseling has been hosting an in-person Middle School Summit. The event was virtual again this year, which means that every 6th, 7th and 8th grade student was be able to participate! We were able to view the presentations during the students' health periods. The Summit makes a positive and lasting difference, as students learn the leadership skills and techniques to make their school safe and inclusive. Through the keynote presentations, messages from high school mentors, as well as skits from middle school participants, students are empowered to better understand the theme of Together We Can Make A Difference” as our school works to reduce bullying, increase leadership, empathy, resilience and positive school climate.


I will be gathering more resources from the Center for Prevention and Counseling to share with all students, so that together we can continue to cultivate a positive school climate!

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Mindful Minutes

One practice that can help decrease and manage overwhelming feelings when they arise is mindfulness. Mindfulness helps to bring our focus to the present moment to observe our thoughts without judgment. The practice can also help to minimize negative thoughts that can spiral out of control. I have created a playlist of short mindful minute exercises for students to listen to when they feel the need to reset their thoughts or emotions. I will be adding to the playlist (click here) throughout the rest of the year.
I have updated my webpage to include a virtual office where you will be able to find information and helpful resources! It is a work in progress, so be sure to check in regularly for new information! Click on my bitmoji above to take a look around!
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