October was a fun and busy month at RJES. In weekly counseling classes we focused on Drug and Alcohol awareness. For Red Ribbon Week, a group of students and I decorated the school in huge red ribbons. We put up a large red banner with “RJES is Hands Off Drugs and Alcohol”, and all students glued a cut out handprint to it, with their pledge about drugs and alcohol. As most of you know, every day of Red Ribbon Week was a spirit day, and the kids had fun with their crazy hair, team shirts, interesting socks and Halloween costumes.
This month, November, the focus in counseling is on Teasing and Bullying. Students will learn the difference between teasing and bullying and what to do if it happens to them. It is important for students to know that not all teases and put-downs are bullying. Bullying is usually ongoing, when the bully uses his or her power –could be physical or verbal– to scare another person. It is usually one-sided. Many times kids being bullied are too scared to tell an adult. However, it is very important that they tell an adult so we can stop the behavior.
Teasing is done for the sake of having fun or making a joke. At times it can be very hurtful. Coping with teasing may be different in different kids. Some get upset while others brush it off. Teasing can turn into bullying if it becomes intentional and repetitive. Normally, intimidation and aggressive behaviors are not involved in teasing.
November marks the launch of our Peer Leader program. The Peer Leaders are 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders who will take on leadership roles on the playground, cafeteria and around school. The kids are excited to be part of this group, and already have a lot of ideas of projects they’d like to take on.
If your child is being heavily teased or bullied, please let us know right away. Feeling safe and happy at school is very important. My number is: 886-4121 x2253.
Thank you so much for supporting our work here at school.