OES Guidance Newsletter

January 2016

Start of a New Year!!

We would like to welcome everyone back from Christmas break. We hope that everyone enjoyed the time off and were able to spend time with family and friends. We would also like to wish Mrs. Ferrell farewell and hope she has a happy retirement. We all hated to see her go!!

In Guidance, we get a magazine called "Teaching Tolerance." In the magazine, they have a article that describes a "Buddy Bench." A "Buddy Bench is used to help create a positive atmosphere for students while at recess. If a student is feeling lonely and/or doesn't have anyone to play with, the student is to sit on the bench so other students will see them and want to play with them. It's popularity was started by a first grader named Christian Bucks (Vandermeulen, 2016). The "Buddy Bench" has been installed in at lease 1000 elementary schools on six different continents (Vandermeulen, 2016). Some would think this would cause bullying situations but, in fact, it can help to decrease bullying incidents (Vandermeulen, 2016). If you would like more information about the "Buddy Bench," you can go the following website: http://buddybench.org/. If you would like to read the artilce, you can go to the following website: http://www.tolerance.org/magazine/number-52-spring-2016/feature/wanted-playground-buddy.

They "Buddy Bench" idea poses two questions:

1. Do you think the "Buddy Bench" would be a good addition to OES?

2. Do you think students would benefit from having the "Buddy Bench"?

We have a google form where we would like you to answer the above questions. PLEASE answer the questions honestly. A link to the survey is here: http://goo.gl/forms/RB5LKzcWKR

What's Happening This Month?

Guidance Lessons

This month, we focused on two topics. The first topic we discussed was Habit 4: Think Win-Win. For Kindergarten through third grades, we read "Sammy and the Pecan Pie" which is one of the 7 habit books. We then had the students to watch a video based on the book "Swimmy" by Leo Lionni. The students discussed how the story related to Habit 4. We then showed them the video Berenstain Bears and the Showdown at Birder's Wood and discussed how Habit 4 was shown in the video. Kindergarten and first grade were given a coloring sheet that had Habit 4 on it. Second and Third grade were given a Habit 4 sort where they were to sort different situations into Think Win-Win thoughts and Not Thinking Win-Win thoughts. An example of that is below.

For fourth and fifth graders, we talked about different situations that related to win-win. We introduced this by having the students watch a video made by other elementary school students. The video described the following situations: Lose-Lose, Lose-Win, Win-Lose, and Win-Win. We then went through the different situations by having them read different scenarios.

The next topic we covered was diversity. With all the grade levels, we talked about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and how important he was to the world. We also discussed how his dream led to him changing the world. We watched a few Kid President videos on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his dreams. We also watched the a video with someone reading the book "A Taste of Colored Water" by Matt Faulkner. The book was set in the time period when Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was alive. We then did an activity where the students discussed a dream they had for the world. An example of that is below.

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Relay for Life

Relay for Life will be going on from now until March. Please support this cause!! If you bring in $5, you can wear jeans on Fridays!!! If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Autry.
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