Ms. Chandler's Counseling Corner

May 2021

Hello Jamaica families,

It's May and that means three more weeks of school!

During the month of May, Kindergarteners through 2nd graders are working on the Listening Tool. This is our last tool we will be working on. The students will be able to take their Toolbox home at the end of the year. Since January we have been working hard on our tools, and we've also been working on the ways in which they will be helpful during school and at home. At the end of each tool, I provide the students with a journal/drawing page. I have posted students' work in the hallway and I have saved each of their journal pages. I will be sending those home as well. I hope these tools were informative to your students as well as informative for you!

I will be providing a summer newsletter as well during the students' last week of school.

Additionally, I have accepted a position as a counselor at the high school here in Havasu. I will be starting there in July for the 2021-2022 school year. As excited as I am, I am sad to leave all of my littles that I have built relationships with in these short 6 months.

Listening Tool

Listening Tool

Listening with one’s heart is the key to strong relationships and conflict resolution, allowing us to use our empathy tool. When we breathe from a quiet place inside, listening becomes easier.

“I listen with my ears, eyes, and heart”

We listen with our eyes, ears, hearts, and minds. We use our eyes to look at the person who is speaking. We use our ears to hear the words that are being spoken to us. We open our hearts toward the heart of the person we’re listening to, so we can understand what they want and are feeling. We use our minds to understand the things we have in common with the person we are listening to. This helps us to empathize with the other person.

Why do we listen to our parents?

Why do we listen to our teacher?

Why do we listen to our friends?

What is the difference between hearing and listening?

Something To Do at Home

Ask your student to tell you something that is important to them or even what they want to do over the summer.

  • After listening, point to each part of your body and ask them:
  1. How did I use my eyes to listen to you?
  2. How did I use my ears to listen to you?
  3. How did I use my heart to listen to you?
  4. How did I use my mind to listen to you?

How can the breathing tool help us listen better?

The Listening Walk by Paul Showers

Goodbye Crocs!

I have accepted a new opportunity to serve the district as a School Counselor at Havasu High School next year. I will carry out my position here at Jamaica until the end of the school year. I have only been here six short months but I have been blessed to work with amazing teachers, the best students, and families like yours. I am grateful for my own learning and growth that has taken place on this campus.

I hope to see the students at the high school when it is their time. I am so glad that I could be there for your student when they are in need, or if they just needed someone else to talk to. I know they will go on to do great things in the world!

I hope to work with the incoming counselor at Jamaica to help him/her in their role here before the start of next school year. Should you have any questions/concerns, please don’t hesitate to reach out.


Ms. Chandler

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