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
Career Day was fun and a little wet! Thanks to every volunteer who came to talk with our students. Thanks to teachers for being flexible and going outside or back inside with rain for the Touch a Truck for grades K-2.
Below are pictures from career day! Enjoy!
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!
“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!
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.
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.
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:
We had a great time celebrating Bully Prevention Month here at “The Park”! Our motto was “Take a Stand, Lend a Hand”. Students in each classroom received a hand to decorate with how to stop bullying. Classroom lessons were taught by Mrs. Woody and Mrs. Tate. Students learned 3 steps to stop a bully:
- Be Brave
- Tell the bully to please “stop”
- Go tell an adult
Students also learned the difference between joking, teasing and bullying as well as the difference between upstander and bystander. We had trivia questions some mornings on the announcements and also celebrated as a school with our 2nd annual Bully Free Walk. Below are pictures from our decorated bulletin board after our walk and decorated hands to celebrate our theme “Take a Stand, Lend a Hand.”
Today was Mix It Up day! Each class was given matching animal pictures and students were given an animal and asked to find another student with a match. At lunch today, students were asked to sit next to their animal match student and meet them and talk with them. I had popsicle sticks with conversation questions on them for students to ask each other. I was also in the cafeteria from 10:30-1:00 playing music and asking students to ask his/her partner a question on the popsicle stick like “What is your favorite food?” , “If you had 3 wishes, what would you wish for?” “What would you do with $100?” and more fun questions like that. Below is a picture of the matching animals and conversation popsicle sticks. Ask your child how they enjoyed Mix It Up Day. 🙂