This past week we discussed self-esteem. The lesson is part of the Botvins Life Skills lessons we will be doing this year. Students learned that some people have high self-esteem and others have low self-esteem. We talked about how some children feel bad about themselves when they fell like they don't fit in with others. Students had the opportunity to identify qualities that were different from and similar to other students in their class. We also discussed the meaning of the word "unique" and why it was a positive thing that every person is different to some extent, not a reason to feel bad about themselves.
One of the factors that can protect a child against tobacco, alcohol, and drug use is high self-esteem. You can help your child improve their self-esteem. Encourage your child by noticing and complimenting him/her when chores are completed. Good grades on homework or projects can be posted prominently in the house. Pictures can be taken of children doing things like playing sports, musical instruments, even working on the computer.
The more we can support our children the more they will be able to see the positive in the things they are participating in. It will help them build their self-esteem even when they are feeling low.
September is the month we put a focus on school attendance. We meet with students to give them tools to help them attend school on a regular basis. Students who miss school are more likely to fall behind the rest of their class. Imagine missing a day of work and the amount of work you have to do to make-up for that day. Students face the same challenges when they are not at school.
Regular attendance will encourage them to graduate from high school and to have a better future. Chronic absences prevent them from interacting socially with their peer group. It discourages their motivation for coming to school. The overwhelming weight of feeling lost and confused compounds as they get older. Students who do not understand the importance of school attendance will eventually give up on going at all.
It is imperative that the school supports your child and gives them motivation to attend. The activities planned each month provide a positive for students who feel disenchanted with school. Our goal is to get every student involved. We understand if your child is sick, on vacation, or playing in a sporting event. But remember how much they miss by not being at school. We all need to do the best we can to stimulate a desire to learn and to support them through the process. As a counselor, I will be watching the students' attendance over the school year and determining what I can do to encourage them to come to school. We want your child to be successful and will work hard to make sure that happens.
As a new school year approaches, I get all excited about seeing how much the students have changed over the summer. It is amazing how much they grow over a few short months. Children display wonderful aspects of their personality and seem to be willing to share all the fun adventures they have experienced.
I look forward to working with your children this year. We will be focusing on making good decisions, dealing with stress, becoming better communicators, learning how to be more assertive, building up self-esteem, and maintaining relationships with others.
Everyone is working hard to prepare for the arrival of your children. We are focused on helping your students achieve and to grow by leaps and bounds. Welcome back to school!
As the school year comes to an end, I have been reflecting on all the wonderful activities that have occurred throughout the school year. The students have been a joy to work with. They have shown their personalities and have dazzled when they needed to shine.
These are critical times to be establishing their pathways as they move forward in life. Focusing on mindfulness, growth mindset, and coping skills allows them to use those resources later. Students continue to grow, develop, and build upon these skills. Next year, we will be expanding what they learned so they can effectively deal with difficult situations in more positive ways.
It has been a great honor to work with these students. I look forward to seeing how much they grow over the summer, and I wish those who are moving on to the next stage of their educational careers the best of luck. Have a fun, exciting, adventurous summer!
Lava Ridge Intermediate School will be hosting a Lucky Ducky fundraiser event on Saturday, October 20. There will be many fabulous activities that day including a Fun Run, Gaming Booths, Foreign Figures concert, and prize giveaways for the rubber ducks purchased throughout the county.
The event celebrates the collective effort of ten schools in the Snow Canyon conesite to fundraise money for children in Tanzania who need fresh water, and our 700 homeless students in the Washington County School District. All of the money raised will directly benefit these causes.
It also gives students an opportunity to think about the needs of others. This benefits them by helping them feel less lonely, calms anxious feelings, and curbs selfish attitudes. Anytime we can encourage children to expand their viewpoint of the world, it promotes sustainable behaviors to increase positive outlooks.
If you would like to purchase a rubber duck, please go to lavaridge.net. The ducks cost $5 a piece and the grand prize is $3,000! The ducks will be dropped at Lava Ridge at 1:45 p.m. on Saturday. Several prizes will be awarded for ducks that are drawn out of the pile. Good Luck!
As we are approaching the first day of school, I cannot help to feel a little bit of excitement about seeing all the students who attended school last year, and greeting those who are new.
The elementary school years are some of the most formative for developing our social skills, instilling caring and empathy, increasing their worldwide awareness, getting them interested in different careers, teaching them how to be resilient, and improving communication.
Students start to understand how they can make difference in the world. Independence increases as they improve their critical thinking and problem solving abilities. Personalities are being formed with the exposure to the outside world. They start thinking bigger and comprehend their choices can change their trajectory.
This year we will work to help them develop these skills. We will provide guidance toward their goals and make them aware of what is waiting for them as they progress through life. Children need the opportunity to display their knowledge and to build upon it. Support comes from home, school, and the community. These are key elements to ensure a prosperous life.