Counseling Corner



Hello Jamaica Family!

This year is going by so fast and it's almost fall break.

We spent the last month learning how to identify and name feelings and emotions. Feelings are the glue that holds everything else in place. For example, bad feelings can hold students in an inattentive place, and good feelings can hold them in a helpful, kind place. If we don't work with feelings wisely, they can derail any academic lesson. Sometimes students are afraid that they may be overwhelmed if they allow their feelings to be named. Buy, actually, for most students the opposite is true. When we name a feeling, it is given just enough attention so that it wont "take over" when it is least expected or wanted. Naming feelings also teaches students that they can have feelings, but they don't always or immediately have to do anything with them or be controlled by them.


Basic Principles and Understandings of the Anger Lesson:

👍 Anger is a feeling and emotion; anger is information and aggression is a behavior. What we do with that information is our inherent responsibility.

😊 Being accountable for our actions, regardless of of the outside world, is a difficult task. No one makes us react aggressively. It is our choice. When we are reactionary or impulsive to anger, we give our power away.

😃 The good news is that we can change our relationship to anger. The bad news is that we cannot necessarily change anyone else. We can change how we receive and interact with with the world. It is problematic and unrealistic to expect tp change others.

😊 The emotion of anger is normal and necessary. Feeling angry means we are alive and responsive human beings. What we do with anger and how long we hold on to it is our choice.

😉 Our bodies will never let us down. We cannot stop the feelings or information of anger from entering our bodies. How long it stays and how it informs our actions is our responsibility. This is not only empowering; it is also do-able.

Dates to Remember

EARLY RELEASE - Every Thursday @ 1:00pm

NO SCHOOL - 10/07 - Parent Teacher Conferences

FALL BREAK - 10/10 - 10/14 - NO SCHOOL