Ms. Gee's Counseling Corner

February

Showing Love

Happy February Friends,


Unfortunately, the month did not start out as we probably hoped. Our community endured a frightful event last week and no matter your personal proximity to the events that happened in our neighborhood, it is clear that our community is hurting.


Many people are probably still in a state of shock and others are working through the grieving process and navigating many uncomfortable emotions. Be gracious to yourself and others, this process certainly takes time.


Conversations with kids can feel uncomfortable as we desire to protect them from the hard stuff happening in our world, but at times, these hard conversations need to be addressed. I will link a resource that was put together to navigate how to have conversations with kids depending on their developmental levels. And please reach out if you need support. I am happy to talk with parents or kids at any time.


I am hopeful that while we never forget the life and work of Dr. Katherine Lindley Dodson, we will remember the importance of community and be diligent to care for those in it, like she did for so many in our neighborhood.


Take care of yourselves, take care of your families, and take care of each other.


Love,

Ms. Gee



Additional resources for talking with your kids about grief

Navigating conversations with kids can feel overwhelming and daunting. Questioning what details to share, guessing how they may feel, understanding your own emotions... all of these things can seemingly complicate conversations. Here is a guide to help you understand what might be appropriate for you to share with your child(ren) and what to expect in their emotional response.

3rd grade Book Study Opportunities

I will be hosting two third grade book studies this spring. The first will start the first week of February and we will be going through the American Girl series book Friends: Making them and Keeping them. This is geared toward girls, but anyone is welcome.


The second book study will start just after spring break and we will be using the book Speak Up and Get Along. This book is geared towards all kids and gives practical tools and strategies to communicate clearly and engage in positive social interactions.


If you are still interested in your 3rd grade student to join the spring book study, please fill out the following google form. I look forward to meeting with your kids.


https://forms.gle/TV47W3EgdNSSaJg96


*Each group will last approximately 6 weeks, meeting one day a week for 30 minutes.

SEL Family Night

Our SEL Family Night is going virtual this year!. I am so excited to have Shana Merlin from Merlin Works Improv with us. She will be leading us through fun activities we can engage in with our kids. Helping adults remember what it means to "play" and encouraging kids to play without boundaries. Shana will be with us on Thursday February 18th from 6:00-7:00 via zoom. The link will be sent out closer to the event time. Please look through it via living tree and school messenger.


The night is sure to be full of laughter and play. It is for all students and their parents/guardians.

Meet Shana

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Play is a powerful tool for grown ups and kids alike to relieve stress, rejuvenate the spirit, increase connection, and be physically active. In this interactive session we will learn ways to play like a kid again with the right mindset. And we will practice a few games that you can play with your kids immediately. Remember what it's like to just play and let your kids experience games without screens!

New This Year

This school year, we have a Bryker Woods Counseling Blend Page. Each homeroom teacher should have a link for it on their personal home pages.

What you can find there...


  • Zoom link for office hours and lunch bunches
  • Community resources (Agencies offering group/individual counseling in the community)
  • Weekly newsletters
  • Asynchronous lessons K-5th
  • Student request forms
  • Parent/Teacher request forms
  • Student resources (Peace room and SEL Library)



Please feel free to look at this page and play around with the different tools