School Counselor's Chronicle

Mount Energy Elementary School

February 2021

A Message to Parents and Caregivers:

The 2020-2021 school year is flying by as we are already in our 3rd 9 weeks of school. Our Mount Energy family has stepped up and faced the challenges of this school year with determination and resilience. In January, we highlighted the character trait of Perseverance - completing what you start, despite obstacles. Our nation has faced hardship, loss, and division, and we have also forged ahead to find solutions to problems, do things in new ways, increase communication and reconciliation, and persevere each day to accomplish all that needs to be done. In the last lines of The Hill We Climb, Amanda Gorman expresses this determination - "There is always light, if only we're brave enough to see it. If only we're brave enough to be it." Thank you to students, parents, and staff for your dedication to learning and supporting each other.

What is SEL?

SEL stands for social-emotional learning, and according to the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL), it is a process by which we learn skills in managing strong emotions, building and maintaining relationships, working with others, solving difficult problems, and making responsible decisions. Research shows that when these skills are taught and supported, children are more likely to succeed academically, and have positive attitudes about themselves and school.

This is the 2nd year that Mt. Energy has incorporated SEL in our morning meetings, using the Positivity Project, and in our character education program.

Using Literature to Develop SEL Skills

A great way to help younger children manage their emotions is to help them identify and talk about how they are feeling. Here is an activity you can do with your child.

After listening to the book, In My Heart: A Book About Feelings, talk with your child about different feelings. Here are some discussion questions:

  • How are you feeling right now?
  • What makes you feel sad/mad/happy/shy/scared/proud?
  • When you feel sad/mad/scared/shy, what can you do to help your body feel better?
In My Heart: A Book of Feelings | Read Aloud Story for Kids

Character Education Corner

Our school motto highlights an overview of our Character Education Program at Mt. Energy. Congratulations to our students who received awards for the 1st semester is the areas of Kindness and Integrity. A slideshow of the recipients is located on our webpage.

This month, our character trait is Respect.

Concerns or Questions?

Please reach out to the school if there is a need or concern regarding your child's academic or social-emotional need, or you are in need of a community resource.

Our school participates in the Backpack Buddies Program to provide meals for students over the weekend. Please contact Mrs. Tartamella if you would like to receive these meals.