Happy 2015! The new year is a perfect time for a fresh start. In January in counseling we focused on setting goals. Each student was encouraged to think about one short-term goal, and one long-term goal. For short-term goals, students set goals such as turning their homework in regularly, helping with chores, and spending more time with family.
Some of the long-term goals I’ve heard include graduating from high school, going to college, visiting other countries, becoming a veterinarian, and playing professional sports.
Parents, I encourage you to talk to your children about goals. We want to get them used to the language of working towards achievement. At this age, start small: a goal of reading a book together in the evenings would be a good example.
This month, February, in counseling class with the younger grades, we’ve been talking about feelings. Students are identifying emotions and ways to deal with their feelings in a healthy way. The 4th and 5th graders are focusing on ways to stay calm in situations that can be very stressful.
Later in the month, we will begin a unit on healthy eating. The goals will be for students to identify the food groups, and what constitutes a balanced meal. We’ll also emphasize the importance of being active.
As always, thank you for your support of our work at school. Please call or email me with any questions or concerns.