This is Ms. Egwu your School Counselor at P.T. Coe. Pleasure to visit with you. Hope to touch base with you through our monthly newsletters. Thanks to the parents who helped with the writing and poster contest during Red Ribbon Week in October. Check out the website for the various activities during the week. The Theme during the week was saying No to Drugs and Staying Healthy. Please continue talking to your children about the dangers of drugs.
We are now approaching the holiday season and at times things become hectic and stressful, especially if children are involved. Below are some tips that you and your family could use to get through this holiday season
--First of all set expectations. Talk to your kids about expectations for gifts and holiday activities. Be open with them if money is an issue. Depending on a child's age, you parents can use this as an opportunity to teach your kids about the value of money and responsible spending. .
--Keep things in perspective. Avoid making a big deal about events and activities.. Teach your kids how to keep things in perspective, including what type of gifts to buy and the number of gifts they receive.
--Make connections. Good relationships with family and friends are important. Don't be afraid to get help and support from those who care about you as they can help to alleviate stress. Try volunteering at a local charity with your kids. It is a good way to connect with others, assist someone in need, and teach your kids about the value of helping others.
--Take care of yourself. Pay attention to your own needs and feelings during the holiday season too. Participate in activities that you and your family enjoy and find relaxing. Taking care of yourself helps keep your mind and body healthy and ready to deal with stressful situations.
--Consider having the kids cutback on watching television. Instead, get the family out together. It promotes activity and takes kids away from sedentary time and possible influence from advertisements.
--I would like to say goodbye to my two ASU Interns, Hailey Borja and Alena Janss, who have helped me and the students at P.T. Coe while learning about school counseling and helping students to behave appropriately. Thank you both for your diligence and care in working with our P. T.Coe students. Best wishes to you both in your future endeavors. You can always come back to visit!!
Dear Teachers,Great to be back working with you and your students. I will start the Second Step/ Mindset lessons this week with each of the classes. I know we are still in testing mode. I have started Kinder classes already, and given pretests to 4th and 5th grades. Please let me know the time and day.--No classes before 9:15, at least for the first grading period. This time is for emergency issues, meeting with parents, and check in time with students.--I have spoken to many of you about students who may need additional support through group counseling, individual counseling, or outside referrals. Services have started for some students. The talk and scheduling will continue.--Please work to build good rapport with your students. Positive relationships will make a difference.--I will place a Trauma Tool Kit this week in your hand /email. Read and use it as you see fit in your classroom.--Feel free to email me about any student issues, or classroom topics.--As always thanks for your help and support.Sincerely,Mrs. Egwu
The mission of the Isaac School Counseling Team is to serve the Isaac Community. We foster a supportive and comprehensive K-8 counseling program where academic success, career readiness, and social-emotional health are imbedded in our professional practice.
1. Core Curriculum/ Classroom Guidance:
Classroom guidance consists of structured lessons designed to help students attain the competencies, knowledge, attitudes, and skills appropriate for their developmental level. Core curriculum is delivered systematically by school counselors in K-12 classroom and group activities.
2. Individual Student Planning:
School counselors coordinate ongoing, systematic activities designed to assist students in establishing personal goals and developing future plans (i.e. College & Career Fair and High School Night).
3. Responsive Services:
Responsive Services are activities designed to meet students' immediate needs and concerns. Responsive Services may include counseling in individual or small-group settings or crisis response.
4. System Support:
System Support includes all support services and activities designed to help with program implementation and delivery of all components. This includes site-specific meetings, community outreach, staff development, professional development, parent-education, and consultation.
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What is Respect? The dictionary tells us that respect is a “feeling of admiration for someone elicited by their abilities, qualities, or achievements.”
We think of respecting our heroes, those who have taught us something, or those who have gone above and beyond to make the world a better place. We also may respect an individual not because of their particular achievements, but because of their role in our society. We respect the authority that their position holds, or the work they did to achieve that position. Unfortunately, when raising and working with children, we can confuse the respect with obedience. Often parents will ask me, “How can I get my kid to show more respect?”
The answer lies in how respect is modeled in the family. Is respect a function of power and authority? Is it an acknowledgement of roles? Or is it a mutual understanding of each individual’s innate human dignity. All human beings deserve and desire respect. How we model respect to our children gives them the information they need to gather respect for themselves. Are you demanding or earning respect? Remember, as the philosopher Amiel says, “There is no respect for others without humility in one’s self.”
We need to give respect to get respect. Here are some positive ways to model innate human dignity in your family.
1. Work towards a cooperative household which considers individual preferences, opinions, and abilities. Let kids weigh in on their chores and responsibilities.
2. Keep problem focused when something goes wrong rather than criticizing the individual. “The dog didn’t get fed.” vs. “Why don’t you ever remember to feed the dog?”
3. State problems in terms of how they affect the family. “When you don’t put away your things, someone could trip on them and get hurt.”
4. Take time to listen and give every family member a chance to speak uninterrupted. How you listen to your kids today sets the stage for whether they will feel comfortable coming to you for help later in life.