Monday, September 25, 2017

Be a Buddy Not a Bully in October

  This school year is just flying by.  Now that we are in October, it is officially National Bullying Prevention Month.  We will be having our guidance lessons focus on being a "buddy not a bully."  The older students' lessons will be geared more towards relational bullying and cyber bullying, while the younger students' lessons will be focused on verbal and physical bullying.  We also will be having a school-wide assembly from Saltworks Theater on Bullying Prevention on October 19!

  Parents and guardians, I invite you to speak openly to your child about bullying and how to not be a bystander, as well.  All students can help prevent and stop bullying from occurring.  They can do so by ignoring, walking away, standing up for themselves by telling them to stop, or getting an adult to help.  Please remind your child/children to try these strategies if they are ever faced with a bully.  Also, please feel free to review the definition of a bully with your child/children:

"1. Bullying is aggressive behavior that involves unwanted, negative actions, on purpose
  2. Bullying involves a pattern of behavior repeated over time.
  3. Bullying involves an imbalance of power or strength."
(taken from http://www.violencepreventionworks.org/public/recognizing_bullying.page)

Here are some other good resources about bullying prevention:
 http://www.pacer.org/bullying/nbpm/
 https://www.stopbullying.gov/prevention/talking-about-it/index.html

Let's make Young Scholars a safe haven for all students!

Friday, September 1, 2017

September is Time to Get Serious about School

  Now that we are two weeks in to the school year, it is time to buckle down and get serious about it.  To start the school year off on the path to succeed, students need to make sure that they are getting into good habits of staying organized, keeping track of assignments, and getting their work done.
Another way to have a successful school year, is to know your strengths and weaknesses (e.g., if you struggle with getting homework done, make sure you are writing down assignments and getting them done when you have free time).  Students need to also work on their relationships with their teachers and peers; if they are having a hard time in their social life, it will take away their focus and motivation in their academic life.
  My lessons for the month of September will focus on these strategies.  If our students can get into a good habit early on in the school year, it sets them up for a successful rest of the year.  Please work on these habits with your children at home as well.  If you are noticing that your student is struggling in one or more of these areas, feel free to contact me or one of their teachers and we will help them set up a plan to help them succeed at school.  Together we can help all the students at Young Scholars excel this school year!
  Here are two good articles that provide tips to success at the beginning of the school year:
https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/thinking-about-kids/201201/keep-your-middle-schooler-organized
http://www.colorincolorado.org/article/parent-tips-help-your-child-have-good-school-year