December is finally here! We are all eager about the fun and happiness that holidays bring. It is a time to relax, sleep in, and play with new toys. We have all been working hard, and now it is time to enjoy!
With two weeks of free time at Winter break, it is important to be mindful of safety. This month in counseling we will be using the “Talk About Touching” curriculum with the PreK through 2nd graders, to teach them what to do if someone touches them inappropriately. On December 11, parents are encouraged to attend a parent education night at the school, where we’ll be watching and discussing the video “What Do I Say Now? How to Protect Your Child from Sexual Abuse”.
In the classroom lessons, students will learn the Touching Rule, which is: A bigger person should not touch your private body parts except to keep you clean and healthy. We will practice the safety steps, which are: 1) Say words that mean “no”. 2) Get away. 3) Tell an adult. Please take the time to reinforce these messages at home. It is very important for children to know they should talk to a trustworthy adult when they need help. If you have concerns about your child participating in these classroom lessons, please let me know.
In keeping with our safety theme, the older students will be addressing internet safety. Our goal is to help children recognize potential internet risks, and learn how to keep themselves safe from being victimized. If your child receives electronic equipment for Christmas, it is the perfect time for these discussions.
In other counseling news, our peer leader group is up and running, with meetings after school on Tuesdays. This group of older students is learning how to help younger students resolve conflicts, and is helping organize games during lunch recess.
As always, thank you for your support. Happy Holidays!
Joy Wintersteen, counselor