Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Fresh New Start to Young Scholars

  This month, I will be teaching the students how to be the best student that they can be!  In the older grades, I will be focusing on staying organized and how to be successful this school year.  While with the younger students, we will focus on being a good listener, what a good student looks like, and how to create a SMART goal for the rest of the year.
 
  It is important to start the year off clean, organized, and ready for a good start.  If we start with a positive attitude, with goals in mind, we are more likely to succeed and follow through with our school work and behavior.  I encourage you all to read the school handbook with your children, so that they understand the expectations of the school.  You may also want to discuss with your children what your expectations are for them for the school year, so they are not surprised by your reaction at the end of the first trimester!  Set your expectations high, so your children have something to reach for.  We want them to do their best, but they will never think they can, if they do not have your support.

  Here is an article that gives parents/guardians some other tips on how to make the school year successful from the get-go:  http://www.scholastic.com/parents/blogs/scholastic-parents-raise-reader/3-superstar-tips-starting-school-year-right.

  Please remember that if you ever need to contact me you can at: k.laufer@yswpcs.org or call 412-668-2064 ext. 127

  I am here to help and get these students off to a great start!

Friday, August 19, 2016

Off to a Roaring Start in 2016!

Welcome back Young Scholars!  It is the start of a new school year, and I am so excited to be back!

This year, I plan on making the school counseling program more effective and all encompassing, by reaching all grades equally.  I will be doing guidance lessons in each grade once a month.  Each month, the topic will be different based on the need of the class or the time of year.  I also will continue to do my lunch bunch groups, focusing on social skills, emotional awareness, and other topics that are pressing for our school.  I also will continue to have a focus on career awareness and education for the students to help them begin thinking and preparing for their futures.  Finally, I will have an advisory group, where I will be helping students with their social/emotional problems and academic concerns.  I also hope to be in better communication with parents and staff this year, so that no student falls through the cracks!  As always, I am available for any crisis situations or individual needs that any of the students may have.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me at k.laufer@yswpcs.org or call 412-668-2064 ext. 127.  I am at the school this year Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, so those are the best days to reach me.

Let's make this the best year yet!

Sincerely,

Mrs. Boss (formerly Ms. Laufer)