Lakeview Guidance and Counseling

September 2021

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Hi Lakeview!


September 6th, 2021


Welcome back to another amazing school year at Lakeview! We've had an awesome start to the year, and its been so great to see everyone's faces again! I'd also like to extend a warm welcome to our new students and families to Lakeview this year, too. I cannot wait to see the creativity, imagination, and the new skills and talents emerge from our students throughout the year. The first semester tends to go by quickly, so savor every moment. And, let's make it a year to remember!


If I can help you or your child in any way, please don't hesitate to contact me at any time at the school. I can be reached by phone at 405-366-5899. Or, you are welcome to contact me via email at aprilt@norman.k12.ok.us.


(Note: While I do post this monthly newsletter through SeeSaw, contacting me via phone or email is the best way to catch me.)


Take care,


April Thompson, MS, LPC

Lakeview School Counselor

aprilt@norman.k12.ok.us

405-366-5899 (x7711)

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Classroom Guidance Lessons

This year I will be teaching classroom Guidance lessons to each class (PreK-5th) monthly. While I get to know our students at bus and car rider duty, in the hallways, and at lunch and recess, I also visit their classrooms to discuss a variety of topics. These lessons include: Bullying Prevention, Safety and Violence Prevention, Healthy Choices, Conflict Resolution, Celebrating Differences, Problem Solving, Refusal Skills (Drugs/Alcohol), Social Emotional Skills, Identifying and Expressing Thoughts & Emotions, Study Skills, Self-Regulation Skills, Careers, etc. Each lesson is tailored to fit the grade level and developmental needs of our students. I use books, posters, puppets, short video clips, class discussion, question and answer, turn and talk groups, and more. I love seeing and visiting our Lakeview teachers and students in their classrooms.. their natural habitats.


The Classroom Guidance Curriculum includes:


Second Step Bullying Prevention


Too Good For Violence Program


Too Good For Drugs Program



Other Classroom Guidance Resources include:


CASEL (Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning)


American School Counselor Association


Centervention Programs and Activities

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Hello September!

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How Much Sleep Do Children Need?

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"Goodnight Moon" by Margaret Wise Brown

Click to listen to "Good Night Moon" read aloud by Susan Sarandon.

Morning and Evening Routines

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10 Words to Encourage Your Children

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Calming Phrases for Children

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Hello FALL!!

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"Kindness is Cooler, Mrs. Ruler"

Click to listen to a funny story about the importance of being kind.

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Diversity and Inclusion

Click to hear the book "Mae Among The Stars" read aloud. Inspired by the story of Mae Jemison, the first African American woman in space.

Click Above to listen to Mae's Story

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Welcome Back to School!

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Stress & Anxiety (During COVID-19)

What do we do when we don't know what is ahead? How do we wait for the next day (or sometimes the next moment) to know how to make plans for school or for weekends with friends and family? The waiting and the "not knowing" can really be stressful and cause a lot of anxiety about what the future holds. Feelings of stress and anxiety are very normal given our current world situation during this global pandemic. And, these changes and adjustments can be stressful for both kids and adults.


Over the past year, we have had to learn to be more patient, to be more flexible and to be a little more understanding. This has been difficult, but it has also taught us how to be more present in the moment and to fully enjoy and focus on what is happening right in front of us. Without dwelling on the past or worrying about the future, there is freedom in living in the moment. Yes, daily plans still need to be made and school is still happening. But, by making some minor adjustments in our thinking we can consequently change (and improve) how we're feeling.


And some days may still be completely overwhelming. During these times we invite and encourage you to reach out to us when or if needed. There are resources available that can help lessen the burden and also fulfill some of the needs you may have at this time.


Still feeling a little (or a lot) stressed, though? This is understandable. Read below for some great "Stress and Anxiety Busters" that might be helpful in getting through this school year.

How Are You Feeling?

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"The Emotions Book"

Click to listen to "The Emotions Book" read aloud.

What to do in the Counselor's Office?

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WELCOME!!

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NORMAN AREA RESOURCES

Are you and your family in need of some basic supplies during this time? I know it can sometimes be really difficult to reach out and to ask for help. But, remember this is an unprecedented and stressful time for us ALL. And, this situation is happening at absolutely no fault of our own. Below you will find some resources you can access directly within the Norman community as we all travel this COVID-19 journey together.


Sharing Tree

Contact Info: 405-634-2006

Sharing Tree

Sharing Tree is a metro-area nonprofit that serves families in need by providing a no-cost, dignified shopping experience. The facility is stocked with clothing, household items and basic necessities.



United Way of Norman COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund

United Way has tons to offer! Parents can contact for help with: rent, utilities, clothing, food, counseling, medical, legal aid, and other basic needs.


United Way (or dial 211 on phone)

United Way of Norman


211 Oklahoma (or dial 211 on phone)

211 Oklahoma



Immediate Mental Health Services

Contact Info: 405-321-4048

The Cleveland County Health Department has iPads at both the Norman and Moore locations. The MyCare application is set up on the iPads at each health department as a quick resource for immediate assistance from a behavioral health specialist. At this time there is no appointment necessary, but clients can call our main line if they have questions before coming in at 405-321-4048. Clients will be screened at the door for COVID-19 symptoms.



Additional Food Needs

Contact Info: pantrypartners@gmail.com

(This is for needs families may have in addition to Sodexo weekly meals through the school and the Friday Food for Kids Backpack delivery program.) Parents can contact Pantry Partners of Norman. This group has given NPS counselors permission to share their email address directly with families during this time. Email: pantrypartners@gmail.com


Contact Info: McFarland Methodist Church Outreach

This group distributes food on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:00-12:00pm and from 1:00-4:00pm. And, they also have a Mobile Food Pantry that goes to four different school sites once per month in the evenings. These schools are: Adams, Jackson, Madison, and Irving. You can find additional information here: McFarland Mobile Food Pantry 2021-2022 SCHEDULE

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ADDITIONAL MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES

Social Skills Resources for Parents

A great overview of ways to help kids with their social skills including communication, cooperation, emotion regulation, empathy, impulse control, and social initiation.

Mobile Apps for Relaxation and Meditation

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Meet Archie, Ms. Thompson's Dog

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Future Therapy-Dog-In-Training :)

Lakeview PTA Facebook Page

Did you know that you can always donate funds to help our school and PTA? Make checks payable to Lakeview PTA or Lakeview Elementary. Cash is welcome as well! Tax deductible.

PeachJar Flyers

Click here to view local opportunities for your child/family.

April Thompson, Lakeview Counselor

Welcome to the 2021-22 school year! Please reach out if we can help you in any way! At Lakeview... We're Better Together!

NPS MISSION & VALUES

MISSION: To prepare and inspire all students to achieve their full potential.

VALUES: Integrity, Inclusiveness, Collaboration, Optimism

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