Aren’t Mondays Wonderful!

Mondays are my favorite day of the week! Many people dislike Mondays, I see a lot of people dragging their way through the day, complaining about being tired and too much to do. I really think Monday has gotten an undeserved bad reputation

I love Mondays! Every week we get a fresh start. Whatever happened the week before is over and done. I think of Monday as a way to start over, to try some new ideas, a chance to maybe fix whatever went wrong the week before.

So let’s celebrate the new week and enjoy your Monday!

Classroom Guidance Update

Going into the classrooms is one of the best parts of my job! It’s also one of the most important. I get to work with, and interact with, all of the children.  The lessons that comprise Classroom Guidance are developed based on issues and needs that are important to our students. (The objectives are aligned with the VDOE ‘Standards for School Counseling Programs in Virginia)

So far this year, in the K-2 classes, we have worked on respect, diversity/tolerance, problem-solving, friendship skills, kindness, and patience.

During every class, we also spend some time on breathing techniques to promote calmness. Your child should be able to teach you snake breath, bunny breath, bear breath, bumblebee breath, and hot cocoa breath.

Classroom Guidance lessons currently are being planned for Career Exploration, honesty, sportsmanship, and responsibility.

Snow Days!

Although they are technically called ‘days off due to inclement weather’ (I do remember a few days off in years past that were due to hurricanes), we all refer to them as snow days. Those wonderful days off of school that occur regardless of our plans. And it doesn’t matter how disruptive they are of our schedules and plans, we love them (and always want more – even if it means a calendar adjustment!)

Snow days are a joy! A chance to sleep a little bit later, or if we’re already up before the call is made, a chance to just relax and enjoy the day.

Some may consider a snow day a wasted day. But of course, a day off of school is not wasted time. Any day that brings us some pleasure is definitely not wasted! And teachers often spend part of their days off working; preparing lesson plans, grading papers, completing reports.

Students can also make good use of these days. Along with sleeping in, relaxing, playing in the snow, watching TV or playing video games, there can be a little time for ‘school work’. Practicing their reading and math skills, reviewing their spelling words or class notes, these are great ways to keep learning and exercising those brains!

No one knows when or how many ‘Snow Days’ we will be blessed with this year. Enjoy them when they arrive and please encourage some time spent learning!

December is a Busy Month!

December is traditionally a very busy month.  Everyone gets busy with holiday preparations and activities. There are lots of family, church, and community activities all month long. It is a very busy and joyful time!

Sometimes people get so busy that school becomes an afterthought. Learning is just as important in December as it is in every other month. There are classes to attend, lessons to focus on, homework to be done, and tests to study for and take.

So please help your child stay focused this month. Make sure they get a good night sleep, get to school on time, and encourage them to have a great month at school.

 

Let’s be Thankful!

As we head into the holiday season, let’s make sure we fully appreciate the blessing of Thanksgiving. It is my favorite holiday. This is an opportunity to reflect on our lives. It is a time to gather with friends and family, reminisce about past events, look forward to new beginnings, and to appreciate the good in our lives.

I wish you all a very happy Thanksgiving!