October is Bully Prevention Month. We are celebrating with learning about Acceptance

October is Bully Prevention Month. We are celebrating with learning about Acceptance

October is Bully prevention month and we’re celebrating as a school with Acceptance and an Acceptance Program.  Our theme this month is “This is Me!”  the song from the movie The Greatest Showman.   October 17th will be our Acceptance Program at 8:30am.  We will be having choreographers teach us a dance to the song along with hearing an Acceptance Skit from our 5th grade DramaRama group.  Nutzy the Squirrel will be joining us for the fun.

In addition to the program, I am teaching acceptance in the classrooms grades K-5 with our alien friend “Z” and lesson about peer relationships.

Welcome Back Springers!

Welcome Back Springers!

Welcome back Springfield Park Springers!  I am looking forward to another great year with our school counseling program!  We have a lot in store this year as we are “SAILING THE 6 C’s TO SUCCESS!”

6 “C’s” are:

  • Communicator                                                               Creative Thinker
  • Global Citizen                                                               Critical Thinker
  • Quality Character                                                           Collaborator

SuperHero 5k Race at St. Joseph’s Villa

SuperHero 5k Race at St. Joseph’s Villa

Running club has been a group of 4th and 5th grade students who have trained with me and the help of Miss Atkins, Mrs. Traverse and Mrs. Cable for 6 weeks.  We have been running a mile, 2 miles. hill repeats, relays and speed work to help students run their first 5k race.  The pictures below are from our race on May 4th.  We had top finishers in the 9-11 age group: WIll Parrack for boys and Maya Anderson for girls!  YAY!  And, Springfield Park represented for the biggest group in attendance.  Sprinting Springers ROCK!

Test-taking Strategies

Test-taking Strategies

“RELAX!  Just do it, when you take the SOL test.  RELAX! Just do it when you take the test.  RELAX! Just do it when you take the SOL test.  RELAX! just do it….when you take the test….when you take the test.”

We are learning to RELAX to help us take the SOL tests this May.  Below are the strategies to RELAX!

R-read everything carefully (directions and questions)

E-examine all answer choices (read ALL answer choices before you choose)

L-look for proof in your passage and underline or highlight

A-always check your work

X-out all wrong answers

If we practice relaxing…we will be GREAT test takers!  Please help your child(ren) at home remember to relax before testing.  Classroom lessons in grades 2-5 will focus on RELAX test-taking strategies and RELAXing during the SOL test!

February is Friendship Month

February is Friendship Month

For the month of February, Mrs. Tate and I are conducting friendship lessons in the classrooms of grades Kg-4th grades.  5th grade is receiving lessons on middle school transition with learning the websites, Kahoot games, and practicing locker combinations.

The Friendship Theme is “The Key to being a Good Friend”.  Students may take a blank key template which I have by my bulletin board in the main hallway, and write down qualities they like to have in a friend.  For example, nice, loyal, friendly, kind, helpful and many more.  They may decorate the key and cut it out and return to a box by the bulletin board for me to add to the bulletin board.  This is a colorful month for friendship.  Below are pictures from my bulletin board.

Great Kindness Challenge Week=Kindness Breakfast

Great Kindness Challenge Week=Kindness Breakfast

I hosted a kindness breakfast for our Police Officers and Fire Fighters in our community to thank them and show kindness to our heroes in our community. The SCA members helped serve breakfast, cards and poems were shared from grade levels and classrooms, and 5th Grade DramaRama performed their kindness skit. Below are picture from this fun event.

Planting Seeds of Kindness

Planting Seeds of Kindness

This month is Kindness Month.  Kindness Challenge is January 29th-February 2nd.  Our theme is “Planting Seeds of Kindness”.  All month students may “pluck” a sunflower petal from the Counselor bulletin board in the main hallway and complete the act of kindness written on the petal.  Some examples are “Thank your bus driver”, “Write a nice note to your friend”, “Ask someone who is alone to play with you”, “Smile and say hi to someone in the hall”, “Smile and say hi to an adult at school” and there are many more.

Below is the bulletin board:

 

Bully Walk Pictures

Bully Walk Pictures

Video

Our 2nd annual bully walk was held last Friday, October 26th.  We celebrated Bully Prevention Month by following our motto of “Take A Stand, Lend A Hand” and walking together against bullying in our school.  Students were asked to dress as twins that day or wear orange.  Nutzy the Squirrel and Minnie Mouse walked with us to celebrate, Glen Allen High School track team came out o cheer us on, Officer Vitek walked along with us and Mr. Favale entertained us with some great tunes!  Enjoy the pictures below.