Counselor's Corner

January 2022

🤍Welcome Back Haskell Families🤍

Happy New Year and welcome back from winter break! It's hard to believe the school year is almost half over and that second semester has begun! We would like to remind you that support is always available and encourage you to reach out if your student needs help.

This month, the school counseling program will be focusing on friendship and kindness. We will continue to provide daily classroom lessons to all students during our SEAL (social, emotional, and academic learning) classes.

Lanet Clark

(405) 726-4236

PreK-2nd Grade Counselor

Krystal Williams

(405) 726-4203

3rd-5th Grade Counselor

Once again, Charles Haskell Counselors welcome students back to school and hope that everyone had an enjoyable and restful break!

Charles Haskell Kindness Club

The Charles Haskell Kindness Club wants to thank everyone who donated coats, gloves, socks, or hats during our first Share the Warmth drive for the Hope Center of Edmond!

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***Digital Safety***

Across the nation, schools have seen an increase in negative student behavior as a result of popular social media apps or influencers. We want to encourage students to be safe, responsible, and positive digital citizens.

Here are a few ways to help make sure your child is safe online:

  • Know the usernames/passwords of sites your children use.
  • Do unscheduled phone (or other device) checks and click on all apps.
  • Set a "screen time curfew" for all electronics to shut down.
  • Require your children to store their electronics in the guardian's room at night.
  • Adjust privacy settings and parental controls.

As students become more technologically advanced, many different issues arise. Here are some additional web sites that you can refer to when discussing digital safety with your child.

❤️Haskell Holiday Assistance❤️

Thank you, thank you, thank you! We had another successful year with our Holiday program! Our families and staff did a GREAT job of assistancing families who needed a little help during this holiday season. Thank you for your continued support of this program!


Connected Conversations

At Charles Haskell, we use the tenants from the Conscious Discipline program developed by Dr. Becky Bailey, to guide the social-emotional development of our students. This program is rooted in current brain research. Its focus is relationship-based teaching while building a classroom community. The ultimate goal is developing connections and creating a safe and caring environment for learning and growing.

Use Teachable Moments

Use natural consequences instead of fault seeking when possible. These strategies move kids from an emotional state to problem solving.

Assertiveness Rocks!

Instead of: I think it's about time for bed, don't you?

Try: It's time for bed now. Let's go choose your bedtime story.


Once routines are established, kids know what is expected and they develop a sense of safety and security. Think MAP!

M= Model your procedures and expectations

A= Add visuals (a chart for chores, bedtime routines, etc.)

P= Practice, practice, practice

New Year Resolutions for Parents & Families

As we start this new school year it is important to reflect on the past year and remind ourselves of our good parenting successes and the ways we have acted in the best interests of our children. We are often too quick to be critical of ourselves and forget all the wonderful nurturing we have done! This past year was challenging for everyone in so many ways and you have managed to support your child in a new learning environment during a pandemic!

As you reflect upon all of your parenting moments, think about setting some parenting resolutions for the upcoming year to keep track of what an awesome parent you are! Here are a few suggestions to get you started. I would recommend focusing on no more than 5 because what parent has time to remember any more than that :)!

  • Say "Yes" More. Try saying Yes more to spending quality family time and doing things together.
  • Say "No" More. When it comes to I want, I need, everyone has it, and everyone does it, learn how to say no.
  • Worry Less. Keeping kids safe should be a priority, but don't let your worries drive your life.
  • Listen More, Talk Less. Ask What do you think? What are you feeling? Tell me about it. What would you do?
  • Negotiate Less, Explain More. Our kids deserve to know the thinking behind our decisions and expectations, but should not be equal partners at the bargaining table.
  • Read a Little More. It's not only a good way to spend time together but reading with your child, to your child, and in front of your child will help them grow as readers.