OPES School Counseling Department
Please let us know if you have any questions!
Ms. Dusek and Ms. Kennedy
Who is your child's school counselor?
National Unity day - Wednesday October 19th
Did you know that October is National Bullying Prevention Month?
Students in all grades have been learning about bullying in classroom guidance lessons. We have learned what bullying is (and is not) and how we can work together to prevent bullying at OPES.
On Wednesday, October 19, we will celebrate National UNITY day by wearing the color ORANGE to school (sorry gamecock fans!). Students across the nation will wear orange to show that they stand united in the fight against bullying by Speaking Up when they see bullying, Reaching Out to kids being targeted and Being a Friend to all.
Please encourage your students to wear orange next Wednesday!
Fort Mill Hunger Drive - Oct. 24th-28th
Bring in breakfast items (cereal bars, oatmeal, boxed cereal etc...) and you can wear your pajamas to school!
Bring in canned fruit, vegetables, or soups and you will receive an Eagle Ticket for showing Encouragement and Dependability by helping others.
Bring boxed pasta (mac and cheese, hamburger helper etc...) or boxed instant potatoes and you an wear crazy socks to school!
Bring in canned meat (chicken, tuna, spam) and you can wear your favorite team jersey!
Bring in Jelly for PB&J's and you can dress up as your favorite book character!
Our kindergarten students are doing a great job in classroom guidance! They have learned about being Bucket Fillers, and the importance of showing kindness at home and at school! We have also learned about handling our small problems and telling an adult when we need help with tougher situations. In addition, the students have learned the importance of using their whole bodies to listen!
7 Habits of Happy Kids
Habit #1: Be Proactive - You are in control of YOU. You are responsible for the words, attitudes and actions that you have.
Habit #2: Begin with the End in Mind (Have a Plan) - Planning ahead and setting goals is an important part of being successful in school and in life.
7 Habits of Happy Kids by Sean Covey
Soda Pop Head by Julia Cook
Learning to be Proactive by controlling our emotions and making good decisions instead of being Reactive.
A Bad Case of Tattle Tongue by Julia Cook
Learning that there are some problems that we can solve by ourselves if we create a plan and follow our problem solving steps.
Soda Pop Head by Julia Cook
Teaching us to keep going even when things are hard. Challenges are how are brains grow and get stronger.
Growth Vs. Fixed Mindsets
Which mindset do you have?
3 Main Parts of the Brain
Primitive - responsible for basic life functions (breathing, heart rate, movement)
Feeling - this is where our emotions and feelings come from
Thinking - the logical part of our brain that allows us to think logically and problem solve
Students Thinking of Other People
Please click on the button below to learn more about STOP Club and how to apply. We'll be accepting applications until the end of October. Our next meeting will be Thursday, October 27th.