Austin Counselor Connection

August/September

Welcome Back!

Welcome back parents and students to a new school year of 2017-2018! I'm so happy that you got some much needed rest over the summer. Now it's time for some fun learning in the classroom with academics and social skills.


This month our character virtue will focus on Kindness and Compassion,

and guidance lessons will focus on learning activities designed to empower the students to make good choices, enhance self-esteem, and develop positive life skills.

Kindness

Kindness is showing concern about the well-being and feelings of others.


What does kindness look like?


Refuse to tease or ridicule others.
Show concern when someone is sad.
Practice acts that meet the needs of others. Take care of the environment.
Treat everyone fairly.
Practice acts that make others happy.

What does kindness sound like?


People who are kind may say things like: How can I help?

Do you want to join us?
You go first, you seem tired.
I‟m sorry that I hurt your feelings. Are you okay?

Compassion

Compassion is the concern you show for the feelings or welfare of others.


What Compassionate People Say:

You look upset.
I understand how you feel.
I’m sad that you got hurt.
That happened to me too, once. It makes me feel sad for you.
I’m so sorry that happened. Let me help.
I bet it hurts a lot.
What can I do to help?

What Compassionate People Do:

Notice when people are hurting, and show that they feel for them
Feel sad when they see someone crying or hurt
Console others in pain

Talk soothingly to those in pain
Listen patiently to someone’s problems, without interrupting
Volunteer time and resources to charity
Encourage others to practice compassion

This month's challenge

Students interview your parents or family members about a time when they had to make a new friend. How did they feel? Did showing kindness & compassion help them?

Contact Information

Mrs. Shannon Regalzi

shannon.regalzi@gpisd.org

972-343-4600 ext: 4610

Upcoming Events

Sept. 29 -Rachel’s Challenge Kickoff Assembly