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Laurie Snaith M.Ed.                                       Merrill Faye Eglin

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                                                January News


Dear Parents:

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas with your family and a joyful New Year. We are ready to begin this second semester and see our excellent students again.  We have some upcoming events we are excited to tell you about.

Have you ever heard the saying, “In a world where you can be anything, be kind?”  The school counselors are working together to promote this philosophy here at SAS. Starting January 22nd a different kind act will be introduced for students to focus on each week throughout the month. This is to kick off our Kindness Challenge week at the end of February. The list of themes for each week is below:

January 22:  Include Others

January 29:  Be Courteous

February 5: Keep Our School and Community Beautiful

February 12: Mardi Gras Break

February 19: Uplifting Others

More information will be in the Lion’s Roar.


Our Guidance Lessons this month will focus on teaching students how to respond to teasing or unkind words.  First grade students will hear the story Mookey the Monkey Gets Over Being Teased by Heather Lonczak.  Mookey is a monkey without any fur who gets teased by the other animals when he begins school.  He is empowered when he learns several coping techniques that stop the teasing.  Look for a parent hand-out that will come home with this lesson.  

In Kindergarten the story  A Bug and A Wish by Karen Sheuer is used to teach students how to repond when someone is unkind.  The assertive words used by the main character, Tyler, put a stop to the teasing.  The "magic words" learned by Tyler are "It BUGS me when you tease me, and I WISH you would stop." Students will role play various situations to practice being assertive.  

Finally, PreK students will listen to Billy Bully: A School-Yard Counting Tale by Alvaro and Ana Galan.  In this story, Billy the Bull loses his friends one by one and must win them back by saying and doing acts of kindness.    


                                          Small Group Counseling

Beginning this semester, we will offer two small groups for students in Kindergarten and First Grade.  These groups will meet weekly for 6 weeks.  The first group, C.A.R.S. (Calming and Anxiety Reducing Strategies) is designed to teach students techniques to reduce anxiety.  The second group, Butterflies, is designed for students who have experiences a recent loss due to death or divorce in their family.  Click here for more the permission form and more info:






                       Guidance Lessons for December

                      The theme for December is that it's better to give than receive.

Students in PreK and K were introduced to the character, Harold B. Wigglebottom.  The story Harold B. Wigglebottom and the Power of Giving: A Christmas Story was shared with the students. Howard learns to be grateful for what he has and to value non-material things. At Christmas time, he learns the true spirit of the holidays and finds happiness by giving instead of getting.  Students also illustrated a "gift from the heart" that they could share with others this Christmas.  
In first grade, Mrs. Eglin continued reading and discussing The Biggest and Brightest Light.  Students were given the name of another student in class and were asked to give that person a "gift from the heart."







Guidance Lessons for November

The theme for this month is getting along with and helping others.


In Pre K Mrs. Snaith read  How Full is Your Bucket? For Kids by Tom Rath and Mary Reckmeyer. Students discussed how unkind words and actions dip into other people’s buckets as well as their own.  They also played a sorting game to reinforce this concept.

K students listened to  Have You Filled Your Bucket Today? by Carol McCloud.  They learned how to be bucket fillers to others.  At the end of the lesson, students drew three ways that they could fill others’ buckets. 

In first grade, Mrs. Eglin read and discussed,  The Biggest and Brightest Light:  A True Story of the Heart by Marilyn Perlyn.   In this story, six-year-old Amanda discovered that the best feeling she ever had came from helping others.  The story shows how even a small child can make a profound difference in the lives of others. First graders reflected on ways they can make a difference and give to others.  



Guidance Lessons for September/October

The theme of this month’s lessons for K and 1st grade is the growth mindset. In kindergarten we will read and discuss the story  The Most Magnificent Thing by Ashley Spires.  The story stresses the importance of perserverance and celebrates a growth mindet. Students will complete a drawing activity that shows a skill that they have learned and one that they have not mastered…..YET!  

First grade students will listen to the story Giraffes Can’t Dance and discuss how the main character, Gerald, can change his “I can’t” into “I can.”  We will also discuss how the other animals could either help him or hurt him through their words and actions.  

The book Fill A Bucket, A Guide to Daily Happiness for Young Children was used with PreK.  This book introduces the concept of “bucket filling.” Students learned that we all carry an invisible bucket that contains our feelings. When our bucket is full, we feel great. When our bucket is empty, we feel sad. A bucket filler is someone who says or does nice things for other people.





                       Guidance Lessons for August

We are delighted to be working with your children. Our plan is to meet with all students at least once in small groups during the first nine weeks of school.  We will also begin classroom guidance lessons after Labor Day.  As always, we are available to meet individually with students to address specific needs or concerns.