Welcome back to school. We are looking forward to working with you to help your child/children grow into happy healthy adults. Here are a few things we are doing this month:
Mrs. Hilton, Ms. Pena (our Intern) and I have been busy visiting classrooms and reminding students about how to get help from the counselor.
New Student Lunches. Our classroom ambassadors and I have been busy having lunch with new students and helping them adjust to their new school. If your child is not a new student this year, they may be an Ambassador. For more information, go to the "Our Programs" section.
Groups. Mrs. Hilton and I will start groups by October 2019. If you want to us to work with your child in a counseling group, please let us know by the end of the month. We have groups for:
Divorce (Banana Splits)
Friendship skills (Friends R' Us)
Grief and Loss (Care Bears)
We must have a permission slip in order to include your child in a counseling group. Information will be provided about when and how long we will meet.
It's going to be a great year. If you need help, please call us at 240-740-1075.
Please visit our parent page for other parent support that counselors provide.
Zones of Regulation
You learned all about the feelings in the zones this month. Remember to use the zones at home and at school, especially recess.
RED - angry, furious, frustrated; when you are in the red zone STOP, calm down and use your strategies
GREEN - calm, alert, happy; when you are in the green zone, you are in control of your body and ready to learn
BLUE - sad, tired, sick; when you are in the Blue Zone, your body is in slow motion; very little energy. Use strategies to wake your brain up
YELLOW - excited, annoyed, silly; when you are in the yellow zone, you feel a lot of energy in your body. You may be out of control with excitement. Use strategies to get control of your body
Getting Counselor Help
Write us a "Talking Time Ticket" and put it in our mailbox on the 2nd floor
When we have time, we will come and see you or
Ask your mom or dad to write the counselor
Congratulations if you were chosen to be an Ambassador this year. You are a leadership in your class. Please remember to:
I am looking forward to having lunch with you all year along with your new students.
Congratulations you have a new batch of students and they are the best batch ever!
Some secret ingredients:
Greet your students
Address each student by name with a big smile
Get to know each other. A community circle is a good start
Use the PBIS matrix; make your expectations explicit and easy to understand; post your schedule and use visual cues. Remember your language learners