Cook's Counseling Corner
Information about the guidance program at MES
January 6-8 and January 11-15
Wednesday - Hartselle, Mobley, Marsh, Skipper
Thursday - Cotton, DesRochers, Stegherr, Wilson
Friday - Tuttle, Phillips, Learning Academy
Monday - Crutcher
Tuesday - Ruffin, Griffin, Vidaurri, Mittman
Wednesday - Lilienthal, Shelton, Fuller
Thursday -- Dobbs, Marrazzo, Kelley
Friday -- Williams, Trainer, Learning Academy
*In the event of snow days/delays, I will do the best I can. I hope you know your students mean a lot to me, and guidance lessons are very important to me. I know last year was crazy with missed days. Hopefully we can avoid too many missed days and enjoy those weather days in the spring!
Info for Class - January 5-8
For the next two weeks we will focus on setting goals. Second, Third, and Fourth grade will focus on how to be a better friend. I chose that goal for them. We will discuss roles of a good friend and how to maintain those friendships. This is something I feel like they can benefit from to have better relationships with their peers.
Fifth grade will "Ring in the New Year." We will discuss resolutions and decide what we want in order to be our best selves. The students will create a selfie of what they feel is their best self.
November Character Trait -- Thankful January -- Generous
I'm still missing some names for November. Please make sure you fill for your student of the month so I can get those selfies made on Wednesday. I'm a little behind, but December was much crazier than I thought it would be. Being thankful has two parts. One is being grateful for all that we have and what people say and do for us. The other part is taking the time to show our appreciation by telling others or writing a note. I believe that being thankful is a very important characteristic in children.
December and January will both focus on being generous. Since I'm behind I'll let December and January be the same character trait and you will select just one student at the end of the month. That'll help me get caught back up!
Here are the remaining Character Traits:
January - Generous
February - Tolerance
March - Fair
April - Honest
May - Cooperative
Cook's Counseling Crew
As always, if it's an emergency email is usually the best way to get in touch with me because I ALMOST always have my phone on me. You can always text me as well (256-542-8798).
Staff Spotlight: Katie Tuttle
She really encourages her students to be thinkers. They are given freedom to be curious and discover answers. She pushes out the box thinking, and it makes those kids stronger. It gives me peace of mind that my own children will get to experience this kind of teaching.
Mrs. Tuttle is not the only one who has such rigor. I see it everywhere. I showed my husband the Makerspace video last night and told him that would one day be a part of our school. Being his Negative Nancy self, his response was, "Elementary kids can't do those kinds of things. They have to be taught, and that takes too much time. A child can't program." I cannot wait for him to eat those words when Charli and Carson become Madison Elementary babies.
My Wonderful, Not Stressful at All Christmas Break
Big Spring Park
We thought it would be a wonderful family experience, feeding the ducks. Magical, right? Nope... kids try to run into water. If there is a body of water, the child is going to run for it. And she ate most of the bread for the ducks. We lasted 25 minutes. I had all the magical family fun time I could take.
Very stressful with child who thinks the goal is to eat as many as possible in one night.
She also thinks dog treats are for her too.
Big Spring Park
The Most Wonderful Time of the Year!
We thought Michael the Hermit Crab died....
But he didn't... and we managed to talk about death, miracles, and resurrection all in one day!