January is Kindness MonthPosted by Lacey Lee on 1/30/2019
January is Kindness Month!
This month we are doing several things to promote kindness in our school. The teachers are announcing kindness quotes every day in their classrooms. We decorated a bulletin board that says, "Take what you need. Give what you can." We placed compliments and positive sayings on the board that students can take down for themselves or to give to others. We handed out "Commit to Kindness" forms with challenges of kind acts the students can perform throughout the month. We are going to draw a few of these for a prize at the end of this month. We placed a kindness box in the school. The students are supposed to write down kind things they can do for other people. We will then display this on our bulletin board for the month of February. Last, but not least, January 28th- February 1st is the Great Kindness Challenge Week. Each day we are recognizing different faculty members and challenged the students to write thank you notes to a faculty member of their choice. We will give these out to the faculty members on their day of recognition.
Monday- Administrators, School Counselors, & Office Staff
Tuesday- CNP (cafeteria workers)
Wednesday- Bus Drivers
Thursday- Nurse, Para Educators, Custodians, & Substitutes
Friday- Librarian, Instructional Coaches, & all teachers and coaches
Encourage your children to "throw kindness around like confetti!"
OctoberPosted by Lacey Lee on 9/30/2018
As we enter October, we are also entering Bullying Prevention Month. We will be talking with the students throughout this month about what bullying means and the importance of being kind to others. We will be announcing quotes throughout the month and doing class lessons.
"When someone says or does something unintentionally hurtful once, it's rude."
"When someone says or does something intentionally hurtful more than once, it's mean."
"When someone says or does something intentionally hurtful and keeps doing it, even when you ask them to stop or get upset, it's bullying."
We will be having a parent information session on Thursday, October 18th from 6:00-7:30 to discuss internet safety and cyberbullying. More details to come.
Our 8th graders will be going to WOW (Worlds of Work) to explore different career opportunities on October 12th. More details to come.
October 22nd-26th is Red Ribbon Week. We will be discussing drug prevention with our students this week.
There are a lot of exciting things going on this month! Please take a moment to talk with your children about these important topics.
Welcome Back to School!Posted by Lacey Lee on 8/9/2018
We have had a great first couple of days back, and I have been so excited to see all of our students.
This month, we will be doing our state testing. Next month (September), Ms. Moore and I, will be doing class lessons on coping skills and organization. We will be talking with the students about coping skills 4 times throughout the year in the classroom setting. We will also talk with students about coping skills individually when needed. We will also talk with the students about bullying monthly. We know the importance of equipping our students with the right tools to help them become the best version of themselves. We have to teach them how to cope with their emotions, so that they can build positive relationships with others and with themselves.
So what are coping skills? Coping skills are how you handle those negative emotions or difficult situations in your life. What is something positive and healthy that you enjoy doing that helps you feel better? Some examples include running, singing, playing an instrument, talking to a friend, playing with your pet, using a stress ball, taking a nap, and the list goes on. We can't control everything that happens to us, but we can control how we respond to it.
From the Counselors' Corner: Thoughts to Wrap Up the YearPosted by Lacey Lee on 6/9/2018
Hi from the Counselors' Corner!
It is hard to believe that we have already wrapped up the 2017-2018 school year!
We will be using this blog throughout the upcoming school year to make you aware of topics that we will be discussing each month and to make you aware of counseling related activities that will be going on each month. We will also use this blog to provide links and resources on a variety of topics.
We are excited to welcome our incoming 6th graders! We enjoyed when they came and toured Brokwood Middle back in March, and I enjoyed my visits with the elementary schools. We will also be having 6th grade orientation on Thursday, July 26th from 8:00-11:00. Please make sure you register for this. You can find the link to register on the home page of our school website. We hope that all of the visits and information will help your rising 6th graders transition smoothly to middle school. We are here to continue to help them as they transition throughout the year.
In the mean time, we hope everyone has a wonderful summer! We are looking forward to another awesome school year, and we will see you in July!