Counselor’s Corner-Mrs. Roskey

CAREER DAY- This event is coming up on Thursday, April 19, 2018.  Several parents have turned in their forms signing up to present their careers and a number of parents have volunteered to help lead small groups of students from one presentation site to another.  There is still time to sign up for either opportunity.  If you do not have a form you may call me and I will add you to our list.  It is always quite an enlightening experience for the students and an all-around fun day.

PENNIES FOR PATIENTS-We are about to wind down the campaign for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.  I want to thank the parents, grandparents, and students for their generous donations so far.  Our main goal is to help those children with effective cancer therapies that, over the last 50 years, have increased the childhood leukemia survival rate from 3% to 90%.  Everyone knows someone who has had to undergo cancer treatments.  The children fighting cancer are called “Heros” because they fight to win the battle.  Our Pennies for Patients fundraising program helps local cancer patients and supports blood cancer research.  The LLS also provides financial support to families affected by blood cancer to help combat the high cost of cancer care.   Thank you for caring about others.

A READING CHALLENGE-By reading more complex books, your child can learn new words, facts, and ideas.  He’ll also be exposed to more complicated plots and will grow as a reader.  Share these suggestions:   *Knowing something about the topic or setting will make a tougher book easier to comprehend.  If your youngster is reading a novel set in China, he could talk to someone who has been there or look up the country online (try a children’s site like kids.nationalgeographic.com)                                                                           *Encourage your child to look at a simpler book on the same subject.  A picture-book biography about Harriet Tubman may help you’re your youngster better understand a textbook chapter on the civil rights movement, for instance.                                                                                                                                                                           *Suggest that your child read complicated material with pencil and paper in hand.  He can jot down question, words to look up, or facts he wants to learn more about.

I AM HERE FOR YOU- Please call me if I can be of help with your student.  I realize being here only half days does limit my contact time, however, if you leave a message I will get back with you as soon as possible.  I am here from 7:30-12:30 Monday-Thursday.

WISHING YOU A JOYFUL SPRING!

WEE DELIVER NEWS- We have a new group of students who have been selected as employees for the WEE Deliver post office.  Congratulations to the following students: Public Relations Directors: Jacob Affron and Makala Riegler Postmaster: Agustus Crouch Facers: Hailey Caddick and Jose Solis Nixie Clerks’ Cancellers: Neveah Galich and Fernando Claro Sorters: McKennan Stevens and Tate McClure Letter Carriers: Osiel Loya-Solis and Sean Trujillo.   There were so many applicants that the WEE Deliver Selection Team had a difficult time choosing the new team.  I do encourage students to keep applying for a job even if they weren’t selected for this nine weeks.

 

FOCUS ON KINDNESS AND RESPECT TO PROMOTE ACADEMIC SUCCESS-

According to a recent study, kids whose parents value kindness over achievement tend to do better in school than kids from families where academic success matters above all else.  In fact, putting pressure on your child to score high marks can have the opposite effect.  It can cause his grades and self-esteem to suffer, and lead to depression and anxiety.  But when parents promote kindness and respect, students tend to perform better in class.  This may be because they feel more secure and know their parents’ approval doesn’t hinge on their getting good grades.  To show your child how much you value respect and kindness:

  • Demonstrate courtesy: When talking to others-from neighbors to the cashier at the grocery store-let your child see you being positive.  Say please and thank you. Be respectful. These may seem like small things, but they make a big impression
  • Praise positive behavior: When you notice your child doing something nice or loving, let him know!  There’s no need to go overboard, though.  A simple pat on the back will remind them how much you value kindness
  • Promote healthy relationships: Encourage your child to connect with his teachers and classmates. The more support they get from those around them, the less they’ll depend on things like grades and awards to help them feel good about themselves.
  • Source: L. Ciciolla and Othes, “When Mothers and Fathers Are Seen as Disproportionately Valuing Achievemnts, ”  Journal of Youth and Adolescence, Spinger US.

THANK YOU– Thank you for staying in communication with us here at school when there are concerns at home.  This helps us to help your child if they are going through a struggle.  Knowing what’s going on enables us to better understand what’s going on if your child is upset or distracted.  I am here most days from 7:30-12:30 Call me…..