Counseling Updates: First Quarter
We are delighted to begin working in the classrooms to get to know our wonderful Sangster students. Our lessons support the three domains of academic achievement, career development, and social and emotional growth.
We are excited to visit each classroom to introduce ourselves. To kick of the year and get to know our students, we will give a brief informal feelings questionnaire in grades 2 – 6. To welcome our new Sangster students this year, we will invite them to lunch bunches with other new students from their grade level.
We are so excited to welcome our new little Falcons to Sangster! Students will practice whole body listening while playing a game and expand their feelings vocabulary while learning to identify feelings in themselves and others. We will learn to sort our feelings into Zones. The Blue Zone is when we are moving slow, for example: tired or sad. The Green Zone is when we are calm and ready to learn, for example: happy or content. The Yellow Zone is when we are feeling a bit wound up, for example: silly or frustrated. The Red Zone is when we are feeling out of control, for example: furious or terrified. Next, students will learn and practice healthy ways to handle different feelings in each zone.
Mrs. Augenstein will be visiting first grade once a week. Whole body listening will be reinforced. Ask your child what the Counselor Sign Language is! We will build a feelings vocabulary and explore the ideas of mixed feelings with the book The Colour Monster. We will further explore a range of feelings through activities from The Zones of Regulation that was introduced last year.The Blue Zone is when we are moving slow, for example: tired or sad. The Green Zone is when we are calm and ready to learn, for example: happy or content. The Yellow Zone is when we are feeling a bit wound up, for example: silly or frustrated. The Red Zone is when we have extremely strong feelings or feel out of control. Strategies to help identify and manage feelings will be explored. Next we will begin our bully prevention lessons.
Mrs. Railan will be visiting second grade once a week. Students will review feelings vocabulary and continue to practice expressing feelings in appropriate ways and responding to feelings in others through the books Lizzy’s Ups and Downs: Not An Ordinary School Day and What Do You Do With A Problem? We will continue to practice our conflict resolution strategies from Kelso’s Choices beginning with comparing big problems that requires adult help vs. a small problems that students can try to solve themselves.
We will get to know each other by sharing our unique strengths and interests and practice skills such as teamwork, collaboration, seeking help, problem solving, and decision making. We will practice working together by creating a team paper pizza with ingredients representing each team member. Next we will begin our bully prevention lessons.
After an introduction to the role of the school counselor, Fourth graders will begin the bullying and harassment prevention unit by identifying the qualities that make each person unique and learning strategies for appropriately responding to differences we notice in others. Strategies used included respectfully acknowledging the differences, asking a question, stating the positive, explaining the difference by giving more information, and using transition questions. Our next lesson will explore boundaries and personal space and what factors can affect these. Ask your child about our elevator role play at the end of the quarter!
We will started the school year by making a “high five” to share with the class so that we could discover a little about the strengths and interests that make each of us unique. Next students will explore the topics of personal space and boundaries. Students will identify, define, and give examples of how different factors influence personal space and boundaries such as: culture, laws, gender, the setting or environment, age, personal experiences, and personality. Lastly, we will create a list of personal boundaries. Ask your child which boundaries made their list.
We will continue to promote and reinforce kindness across the grade level and will review FCPS’s definition of bullying and harassment and strategies to use to handle these situations. The importance of empathy will be stressed as a way to prevent negative peer interactions. Students will define empathy and practice using empathic statements in a variety of role plays. Parents will receive a letter regarding two Sexual Harassment Prevention lessons (with an opt–out option). Students will learn the definition of sexual and gender based harassment and students will assess their own knowledge with age appropriate scenarios. Students will also be instructed in what to do to get help.