Guidance Dept Newsletter - LFMS

February/March Edition 5

Student of the Month Focus


Theme: Building a Caring Community

Words of the Month: Considerate and Empathetic

Considerate means thinking about the rights and feelings of others; showing kindness toward other people. Empathetic means to be able to identify with or share another person's feelings, thoughts, and attitudes. Your challenge this month is to provide one random act of kindness each week for someone close to you, someone you are acquainted with but may not know well, or a stranger.


Theme: Internet and Technology

Word of the Month: Mindful

Mindful means to be conscious or aware of something in the present moment; to observe your thoughts and feelings from a distance without judgment. Your challenge this month is to THINK before you post on social media. Spend at least 2 minutes thinking about how to make a post better before posting it.

Upcoming Workshops

All Workshops are held in the Counseling Center - J208

Thursday, February 25, Lunch - Make a Friend, Bring a Friend

Bring your lunch and join us for some fun game activity in the Counselling Center. Help us build a caring community at Las Flores MS.

Thursday, March 10 - Lunch - Are You Socially Savvy?

This workshop will share what you need to know to navigate the social media world safely and smartly. Tips for identifying what is smart, what is not, what is okay to post vs. what isn't, and learn how what you post can reflect positively or negatively on you.

Wednesday, March 23, 8:30 am - Let's Get Organised! - Back by popular demand, we will have an end of quarter organizational session to help you prepare and get organised for the new quarter. Bring your backpack, notebooks and supplies to J208 where our Peer Tutors and Guidance Team will assist in helping you get organised.

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Life Vest Inside - Kindness Boomerang - "One Day"
How Social Media Messes With Your Confidence

Don't let social media define you. Click here for tips on how to keep social media from messing with your confidence.

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Social Media Abuse Rampant in Middle, High School

USA Today discusses the abuse of social media today and how it has led to cyber-bullying. Researcher Poco Donna Kernsmith of Wayne State University in Detroit suggests five reminder tips about online etiquette for parents to share with their kids.

What Social Media Can Reveal About Teen Coping Skills

"When teens need a place to turn, often they look to social media as their emotional outlet and sense of community," by Sharon Powers.

Resources for Technology and the Internet

How Did We Do? How Can We Improve?

Students, we'd love your feedback on our Workshops. Click here to provide feedback and let us know what else you would like to see offered.

Mark the Dates - 3rd Quarter Academy Dates 3/4, 3/11 and 3/18

Please join us in the library from 3:30-5:00 on the above dates if you need to catch up on assignments or need extra support to raise your grades before the end of the quarter.

Quicklink Resources

Guidance Webpage Information and/or links on the Academic Domain such as study skills, test taking, tutoring resources, and useful links for help with English writing and Math skills

Counselors Corner Resource Personal-Social Domain including stress management, conflict mediation, grief, and social skills

College and Career Guidance Information about high school graduation requirements, college admissions, and career choices.

Students Helping Students (SHS) This peer tutoring program matches students with a peer tutor for weekly tutor sessions before or after school or during lunch.

Mrs. Sabrina Godshaw - Academic Advisor Q-Z

Mrs. Sabrina Godshaw will be assisting LFMS until the end of February. Mrs. Godshaw is also the Academic Advisor for Arroyo Vista Middle School. Her hours at Las Flores vary daily depending on the needs of her primary position at Arroyo Vista but she may also be reached via email.

Ms. Teri Graffeo - Academic Advisor Q-Z

Ms. Graffeo will be joining the Las Flores MS staff on March 17. Ms. Graffeo splits her responsibilities with Ladera Ranch MS. She will be available on site at Las Flores MS on Thursdays and Fridays and every other Wednesday. You may also reach her via email.

Mr. Andrew Fredriksz - School Counselor Intern

Mr. Fredriksz is a graduate counselling student at Chapman University and is completing his internship with Las Flores. He is available Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Mrs. Sonia Eatmon - School Psychologist

Mrs. Lynda Sherman - Registrar, Guidance Secretary

Non-Discrimination Statement

The Board of Trustees desires to provide a safe school environment that allows all students equal access and opportunities in the district’s academic and other educational support programs, services, and activities. The Board prohibits, at any District school or school activity, unlawful discrimination, including discriminatory harassment, intimidation, and bullying of any student based on the student’s actual or perceived race, color, ancestry, national origin, nationality, ethnicity, ethnic group identification, age, religion, marital or parental status, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, or gender expression or association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics.