School Counselor Connection

Happy Holidays from your SWES School Counselors!

Student Success Expo at the Savannah Mall- prizes for students who attend!

Saturday, Jan. 10th 2015 at 11am-3pm

14045 Abercorn Street

Savannah, GA

Now in its 6th year, the Student Success Expo continues to show the seamless transition between education and careers. Come experience the connection between our programs of study and college and career options by visiting the school, collegiate, and business displays!

Especially useful for students interested in attending a specialty program for middle school!

Looking ahead...Career Days- We need parent volunteers!

We are looking for parents and/or community members to help with one (or both) of the following career days:

Tuesday, March 31 9:00-10:30 Career on Wheels Day (Pre-K – 2nd grades) Location: bus loop

Example include: fire truck, police vehicles, ambulance, taxi, food truck, mobile pet groomer, mobile dentist, bus, electric truck, landscaping vehicle, pest control, news reporter truck, military vehicles, race car, wrecker, ice cream truck, limousine, cable truck, telephone repair truck, radio station truck.

Wednesday, April 1 10:00-12:00 Career Speaker Day (3rd-5th grades) Location: classrooms

Share a brief (15 minute) career presentation in various classrooms. Speakers are encouraged to bring visual aids to enhance their presentations. Speakers will be rotated throughout 3rd-5th grade classrooms.

If you are interested in participating in this important event, please email us: and

Have Empathy this Holiday Season...and always!

Understanding how another person feels or “standing in their shoes” is an important social skill for children to learn. The ability to have empathy for others will help them interact and respond to others appropriately.

Two ways for a child to understand how another person feels are to:

♦ think of a time when they had the same experience and remember how they felt

♦ imagine how they might feel in the same situation. It is important for children to remember that not everyone will feel the same way in the same situation that nonverbal cues can help us understand how a person might be feeling.

You can encourage your child to build empathy skills by:

Reading books together: Books provide great examples for children to practice empathy. Ask your child how he thinks the child who has no one to play with in one story is feeling or why the little girl in another story might be smiling. Tell your child how you'd feel if you were one of those characters. Ask how they would feel or react in a specific situation. These discussions will help your child learn about other people's emotions and relate them to his own.

Setting an example: Acts of kindness and charity are an excellent way to teach your child empathy. Bring him along when you're taking a meal to a sick neighbor or a friend with a new baby. Let him help you pack the bag of clothes to take to the local charity.

Recognizing their actions: Begin to give names to behaviors so that your child can realize the impact of their actions. Say, "Oh, you're being so kind. You made me feel great" when your child went out of their way to help you. This will help them learn that responsiveness to other people’s feelings is recognized and valued. Also, don't be afraid to point out when your child being less than caring. Try saying, "It made your brother really sad when you hit him. What could you do to help him feel better?"

On behalf of all of us here at SWES, Happy Holidays from your School Counselors!

Contact us anytime.

Rebecca Burkhart,

Diane Waters,