School Counselor's Corner

Parent Newsletter, September 2015

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Welcome to the 2015-2016 School Year!

New this school year in the Caldwell-West Caldwell School district is the Peace Model Project. The Peace Model Project is a three-year grant funded project from the U.S. Department of Education which allowed the district to expand the number of counselors in the elementary schools. In each elementary school a School Counselor, based from The Bridge, Inc., will be provide individual and group counseling, classroom lessons as well as support to school staff.

At Wilson Elementary your School Counselors are Mrs. Yoskowitz and Mrs. Mantineo!

Get to know your school counselors!

Julia Yoskowitz

I am very excited to be part of the team at Wilson this school year! I received my Bachelors in Psychology from Ramapo College and continued onto earn my Masters in Counseling Psychology with a School Counseling specialization from Caldwell University. I am a certified school counselor in New Jersey. I have worked with children and their families for eight years in various school settings and have always found my way back to elementary school. I look forward to getting to know you and your child. Please let me know if I can be of any assistance. I will be at Wilson Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

Daniela Mantineo

I have been at Wilson for the past three years and am very excited to be back for another school year! I will give a little background information for those of you that are new and don't know me well. I received my Masters in Social Work from Rutgers School of Social Work. I am a licensed clinical social worker. I have fifteen years experience working with children, adolescents and families. I truly enjoy working within a multidisciplinary setting where we can all work together in helping our students. Please feel free to stop in and see me if I can be of any assistance. I will be at Wilson Thursdays and Fridays.

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Week of Respect: October 5th - October 9th

TOM PALERMO PARENT WORKSHOP SERIES - THURSDAYS at James Caldwell High School Library/Media Center, 7:00pm - 8:30 pm STARTING OCTOBER 8TH

Tom Palermo is a highly acclaimed speaker and Positive Parenting Coach. He is the author of Parenting…The Manual Your Child Should Have Come With and Jumping In Puddles: A Guide to Positive Parenting. His dynamic parenting seminars are filled with substantive, down-to-earth techniques that help parents identify behavioral challenges and employ positive solutions.

Why Kids Do What They Do & The 15 Minute Miracle -October 8th

Learn how kids think differently from adults – and how we unwittingly reinforce the behaviors we most despise. The basic principles of social learning are applied to everyday situations in the home. How do kids learn certain behaviors – and how can undesirable behaviors be changed? Parents will have the opportunity to engage in a reflection exercise to determine why certain conflicts and behaviors plague their home.

Stop the Yelling and Gain Cooperation - October 15th

In this engaging, interactive workshop, parents are taught how to observe and describe behaviors specifically and accurately. Learn how this skill will increase your effectiveness in obtaining cooperation, avoiding misunderstandings and providing a clear and powerful message when speaking to your children. Get tips on how to communicate clearly in “kid-speak”, while fostering a close bond with your children.

Changing Bad Behaviors For Good Ones & Ending Tantrums - October 29th

The focus of this session is how to teach to inappropriate behaviors. What do you do if your young person will not accept no, follow your rules or accept consequences? Tom will review a technique to replace your yelling with a teaching vehicle that can utilize consequences and instruct a desirable replacement behavior. Sound impossible? This technique can send a powerful message to your child that change is absolutely necessary – without employing the anger and conflict that injure child’s self-esteem and self-image.

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Register for individual seminars or the entire series!

Children thrive on structure

Children need routine, consistency, and order in their lives. They need to know what is going to happen and when it is going to happen. Establishing a routine at the beginning of the new school year will benefit your child's well-being. If there is going to be change, let them know ahead of time. Children thrive when they know what to expect and feel loved.

Here are some suggestions to establish a routine within your household.

  • Wake your child up at the same time every school day and make sure they have a nutritious breakfast.
  • Teach your child to pack their backpack the night before. Check materials with them before their backpack is packed.
  • Set a consistent bed time each school night and keep it.
  • Set a time for homework and provide a comfortable work space.
  • Make time to talk with your child everyday about school in regards to their academics and socializing.

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