Natalie Sloan, M.Ed, LPC, NCC
Office Hours: Monday-Friday during school hours
Tel: 383-3871 Extension 133
Happy 2020! I hope you and your families had a wonderful Christmas holiday. I am so excited to announce that this semester our counseling department will have a student intern, Natalie Lanata join us. She is currently enrolled in Vanderbilt University’s online Master’s degree program in school counseling. Natalie is a graduate of St. Joseph’s Academy and Louisiana State University. She has also been one of our extension program counselors for the past 4 years and has worked very closely with many of our students and families. As part of her internship experience Natalie will be participating/leading in class lessons, small group facilitation and individual sessions with students. If you do not wish for your child to see Ms. Lanata or have any questions, do not hesitate to email me.
Also starting this Spring, I will be teaching Brainology lessons to your 5th graders once a month. What is Brainology you’re asking? It’s a program designed to help improve motivation and achievement by teaching a growth mindset. Through interactive videos and classroom activities, students will discover how the brain works and how it gets stronger and smarter through effort and learning, which can boost their confidence in their potential, desire to learn, and willingness to work hard.
If you ever have any questions or concerns involving your child, please contact me at your convenience. I am always here to help.
Important Dates and Info:
January 20: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day – No School
January 7: Sign up for Girls on the Run (3rd-5th)
Girls on the Run is for EVERY Girl
Girls on the Run is an afterschool program like no other! Twice per week for 10 weeks, girls will have fun, make friends, increase their physical activity levels and learn important life skills. Trained and caring coaches lead 3rd-5th grade girls through interactive lessons and running activities. The season ends with a noncompetitive 5K celebration event on April 26, 2020.
ST ALOYSIUS NEIGHBORHOOD GIRLS ON THE RUN:
· The program begins January 27, 2020
· We will meet on Tuesdays and Fridays from 3 – 4:30 p.m.
Our meeting site will be at an off-campus neighborhood site near the LSU Lakes. Private transportation is required to get to practice and from practice. A meeting the week of Jan. 13 will be arranged to discuss details of the program.
· The program fee is $185. Financial assistance and payment plans are available.
· Our team’s coaches are: Emma Schneider, Angela Montalbano, and Lauren Wilson
Questions, contact: Michelle Spielman, site liaison, michelle.spielman@gmail .com
Registration is open now, and space is limited.
Sign up before Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020
Register at www.girlsontherunsola.org
CHARACTER OF THE MONTH
This year the counselors are implementing a character of the month program. Each month will focus on a different character trait which will be introduced to the whole school during assembly on the first Monday of the month. Students will be encouraged to demonstrate that trait all month long until it becomes part of their own character. The character traits include kindness, respectfulness, helpfulness, generosity, courage, loving others, consideration, and patience.
The month of January is all about BEEing brave this new year. Ask a classmate about their day or try saying hello to someone you might not normally speak to. Help a classmate in need or make a new friend at recess and invite them to eat lunch with you. The new year is all about new BEE-ginnings. What is the new year going to say about you?
5th Grade Spiral Checks: I review Math spirals every Monday and Thursday before school from 7:15-7:45 and at recess from 11:25-11:45. Please remind your child(ren) that this service is offered to them.
EVALUATIONS AND SPECIAL NEEDS:
Please refer to the parent/student handbook for updated information on evaluations and special needs. (Section VI. Student Services page 13)
New Student Shout Outs:
2nd: Anderson Dotson Layla Duthu Ella Johnson
3rd: Scout Chavanne Nora Mahoney Camille Naquin
4th: Ellie Lato
5th: Savannah Cruz Bella Mahoney Sofia Sanchez