January is Kindness month and “Kindness Makes Us Bloom”

January is Kindness month and “Kindness Makes Us Bloom”

 

Kindness Makes us Bloom is our theme this month as we learn to spread kindness throughout our school with Random Acts of Kindness (RAK).  We are learning about kindness is our classrooms and students are earning hearts from staff when caught showing a “RAK” for someone in the school.  I am hoping to fill in our Kindness Tree with thousands of hearts with all of our student names.

Great Kindness Challenge Week is Jan 27-31 and we will celebrate with Kindness Bingo, each day of the week will be a dress up day along with a kindness act that day.

Empathy-Understanding how someone else is feeling

Empathy-Understanding how someone else is feeling

“Putting yourself in someone else’s shoes” has been our theme for November and December.  We have been learning about empathy, what it is, how to show it and we learned 4 ways to know how someone else is feeling:

  1. look at their face
  2. look at their body language
  3. listen to their voice
  4. Ask them, “How are you feeling?” or “Are you okay?”

Students had trivia questions on the morning announcements and also had the opportunity to color a shoe and write ways to show empathy to go on my bulletin board in the main hallway for “putting yourself in someone else’s shoes”.

Enjoy the pictures below.

College & Career Week

College & Career Week

College and Career Week was a lot of fun with great college trivia and counselor bulletin board trivia.  On the morning announcements, trivia about area colleges were given and students put in their guess for a winners announced at the end of each day.  Also, students were given the chance to match as many teachers with correct colleges attended.  Our overall winner was Mason Sutton in Mrs. Kirtley’s 4th grade class with 21 correct!  He won a “couch pouch”!  Congrats to Mason and all others who worked hard on the bulletin board–they came with away with small prizes too.  To end the week, we wore our favorite college apparel.  Below are pictures of students working on the bulletin board.

Mix it Up Day is Friday, October 25th

Mix it Up Day is Friday, October 25th

Mix is up day is a celebration of making new friends.  This day goes along great with our Acceptance month.  Students will be paired up in classrooms with matching an animal face.  At lunchtime, they will sit with their matched up partner to talk with them and get to know them better.  There will be conversation popsicle sticks on the tables to help start conversations.  I will be playing music and helping with conversations from 10:30am-1:00pm tomorrow.  It will be a fun time getting to know more about our friends!

Acceptance Assembly & celebrating ourselves=a great time!

Acceptance Assembly & celebrating ourselves=a great time!

We had so much fun dancing with Nutzy the Squirrel to our theme song from The Greatest Showman, “This is Me”.  We had our 5th grade Drama Rama perform a skit about Acceptance.  Our essay winners from Mrs. Moore’s class, Sophy and Addalyn read their essay “Why I like myself”.  A big thank you to our  choreographers, Mandie and Andrea and DJ, Mr. Favale for playing tunes and teaching us our dance to “This Is Me.”

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!