Counselor Newsletter

October 2015

October Events

October 12 - NO SCHOOL - Columbus Day

October 15 - Parent University @ Washington Gifted, starts at 5:30 pm

October 16 - End of 1st grading period

October 21 - Unity Day - wear orange

October 21 - Introduce a girl to Engineering Day trip

October 22 - Parent / Teacher conferences 4-7 pm at your school

October 23 - Parent / Teacher conferences 8-11 am at your school

October 28 - SIP day - students released 3 hours after school begins

October 29 - IB Presentation for parents at Richwoods HS - 6pm

October 30 - ISAC at VS to talk to AVID students about college

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UNITY DAY Wednesday, October 21st. - WEAR ORANGE!!

Week without Violence October 11 - 17, 2015

Read what the CDC says about youth violence at: http://www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/pdf/yv-factsheet-a.pdf

RED RIBBON WEEK

Monday, Oct. 26th, 7am to Saturday, Oct. 31st, 11pm

801 East Forrest Hill Avenue

Peoria, IL

What Every Child Needs For Good Mental Health


It is easy for parents to identify their child’s physical needs: nutritious food, warm clothes when it’s cold, bedtime at a reasonable hour. However, a child’s mental and emotional needs may not be as obvious. Good mental health allows children to think clearly, develop socially and learn new skills. Additionally, good friends and encouraging words from adults are all important for helping children develop self confidence, high self-esteem, and a healthy emotional outlook on life.

A child’s physical and mental health are both important.

Basics for a child’s good physical health:

  • Nutritious food
  • Adequate shelter and sleep
  • Exercise
  • Immunizations
  • Healthy living environment

Basics for a child’s good mental health:

  • Unconditional love from family
  • Self-confidence and high self-esteem
  • The opportunity to play with other children
  • Encouraging teachers and supportive caretakers
  • Safe and secure surroundings
  • Appropriate guidance and discipline

Give children unconditional love.

Love, security and acceptance should be at the heart of family life. Children need to know that your love does not depend on his or her accomplishments.

Mistakes and/or defeats should be expected and accepted. Confidence grows in a home that is full of unconditional love and affection.

Nurture children’s confidence and self-esteem.

  • Praise Them - Encouraging children’s first steps or their ability to learn a new game helps them develop a desire to explore and learn about their surroundings. Allow children to explore and play in a safe area where they cannot get hurt. Assure them by smiling and talking to them often. Be an active participant in their activities. Your attention helps build their self-confidence and self-esteem.
  • Set Realistic Goals - Young children need realistic goals that match their ambitions with their abilities. With your help, older children can choose activities that test their abilities and increase their self-confidence.
  • Be Honest - Do not hide your failures from your children. It is important for them to know that we all make mistakes. It can be very re-assuring to know that adults are not perfect.
  • Avoid Sarcastic Remarks - If a child loses a game or fails a test, find out how he or she feels about the situation. Children may get discouraged and need a pep talk. Later, when they are ready, talk and offer assurance.
  • Encourage children - To not only strive to do their best, but also to enjoy the process. Trying new activities teaches children about teamwork, self-esteem and new skills.