It is hard to believe Thanksgiving will be next week. I am so thankful for the students, staff and families here at KES! This week we celebrated College Awareness Week with some amazing trivia questions on morning announcements! Hundreds of students entered to win the correct answers for questions like: Do you know the second oldest college in the USA? Do you know which college is in Richmond wears the colors black and gold? Which Virginia college was founded by a President? Teachers also got in on the fun helping to build our KES College Wall and sporting their favorite college gear today.
This week I spent time teaching many study skill lessons across grade levels. Students learned about organization, paying attention, and goal setting. Small group counseling continues weekly for students who need help with improving school success, emotional regulation, social skills, confidence building and stress reduction.
We were especially blessed to have so many Veterans present for our Veteran’s celebration day!
This week ended with a great time in the cafeteria. All classes participated in Mix it up Day. October 31,2017 was national Mix it Up Day. This activity is designed to help students make a new friend at lunch.
Its been a great week here at KES! Did you know we have a Buddy Bench on our playground? This bench was established by our Community Service Club to insure all students have a buddy to play with on the playground. If a student can not find a friend to play they simply sit on the bench and friends will join them to say,”Hi would you like to come play?” There is a wonderful book that goes with this idea called Peanut Butter and Cupcake by Terry Border.
This week in counseling news students learned about bully prevention and how to be a helpful bystander. While we know at KES everyone supports each other in a caring community, it is still important to know what to do if someone is using mean behavior over and over. Its good to know how to make that behavior stop. In other news, our W.D program is up and running well. We all look forward to the help and kindness our W.D’s bring to school each day.
Last but not least a HUGE thank you to our KES PTA for a fabulous Fall Festival!!! The jousting was really fun!
Its been another amazing week here at KES! Today was especially wonderful celebrating our 1st Mr. Kaechele Day!
In school counseling news… Students are learning all about bully prevention in their school counseling lessons. I would like to share a powerpoint I created in 2014 for parents. This powerpoint helps explain the dynamics of bullying behavior and what to do. Your students really are learning to be helpful bystanders so that we can change all bullying behavior to buddy behavior. Parent Presentation1 Bullying 2
There is a beautiful poem in the book titled the Juice Box Bully by: Bob Sornson and Maria Dismondy. I would like to quote this poem as I feel this is how our students are relating to the idea of prevention.
I will speak up instead of acting as a bystander.
I Choose to participate in activities that don’t involve teasing.
I Forgive others if they make a poor choices.
I Model good behavior.
I Accept others for their differences.
I Include others in group situations.
I Will talk to an adult when there is a problem I cannot manage on my own.
I AM powerful in making a difference in my school.
Wow our annual Watch DOGS picnic was so much fun!! We had over 300 guests for our pizza picnic! It was great to see everyone and our teachers and staff are beyond excited for Watch DOGS to begin helping here at KES! Thank you to all who will volunteer. If you would like information about this program please email our “Top” Dog Jay Jones at jayjones firstname.lastname@example.org or you can reach out to me at email@example.com
Happy Friday to all! It’s certainly been fun here at KES. Our first NED Champions have been celebrated. This week with their pictures being posted and they have a NED wrist band to wear home!! Check out this video from 5th grade sharing their thoughts about NED!
This week has been fun filled working in classes teaching about school counseling and our brain. Students are learning about mindful breathing to help our brain focus and make mindful choices. During October, I will begin small group counseling sessions. To learn more and download a permission slip for your child to participate in small groups please go to the Counseling Services Page on this blog.
In addition, students in grade 5 are now able to sign out a Moody IB application from the school counseling office. The open house for the Moody IB program will take place on October 12 Session 1: 4:30-5:30 and Session 2: 6:00-7:00 pm. All 5th graders and parents who are interested in this program are welcome to attend the open house at Moody Middle School. Ned Champions will be selected in classrooms next week as part of our character program here at KES! Each month students are recognized for demonstrating the following characteristics in class: never give up, encourage others and do your best. Please check out our NED bulletin board near the cafeteria to see who our champions are for September!!
We have had an amazing first week back to school with our students!!
A huge thank you to all Kaechele student mentors grades 1-5 who have helped our 40 new students feel welcome in their new school. In addition, it has been so exciting to join some classes this week for our first classroom guidance lessons. This months focus in all grade levels is understanding the role of your school counselor and learning about mindful choices. I hope many of you will be able to join us for our annual Watch DOGS Pizza Picnic September 28 6:00-7:00. Look for RSVP flyer in Tuesday September 12th folders.