Student ServicesPreK - 1st
Laurie Snaith M.Ed.
Office Hours: M-W, F
383-3871 Extension 134
I hope that you and your family had a fun and relaxing summer!
It is my hope that this school year will be full of successful experiences for all students. I am delighted to be working with your children. The current plan is to meet with all students at least once in small groups during the first nine weeks of school. Classroom guidance lessons will begin in September. This year I will be on campus Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. As always, the counselors are available to meet individually with students to address specific needs or concerns. Please visit our website which can be found under the Student Services tab on the SAS school website for additional information and resources.
BACK TO SCHOOL TIPS
The beginning of the year can be stressful for some students and their families, so here are a few tips that we’ve found to be helpful:
*Set up a consistent routine of attentive good-byes and happy reunions. Routines help your child feel secure. Make sure that you give him/her your full attention when saying a warm but firm goodbye. Do not linger. This will only make the transition more difficult.
*Don’t give in to your child’s fears. Let the child know that he or she will be fine. Give affirmations, help him/her get settled, and leave. DO NOT allow your child to miss school or come late because of anxiety. This will only make it more difficult to separate.
*Encourage, accentuate, and reward brave behaviors. Reinforce previous successful times when your child has dealt with separation and new situations. Reward with verbal praise when he/she acts bravely.
*Focus on the positive. Do not allow the child to dwell on negative things that might happen. Discuss fun things he/she will be doing at school.
EVALUATIONS AND SPECIAL NEEDS
Please refer to the student handbook for updated information on evaluations and special needs.
Feel free to contact me if you have any concerns about your child. I look forward to meeting you and your children.