Natalie Sloan, M.Ed, NCC, PLPC
Office Hours: Monday-Friday during school hours
Tel: 383-3871 Extension 125
My name is Natalie Sloan, but your children may still remember me by Mrs. Bratton (same ole me, I just got married!) This is my second year as the school counselor for 2nd-5th grade. I am also a St. Aloysius Alum and before becoming the counselor I worked very closely with our Extension Program for over 12 years. I am looking forward to this upcoming school year and I am very excited to begin working with you and your sweet children here at St. Aloysius.
The mission of our School Counseling Program is to provide a supportive environment in which each child can develop emotionally, socially, spiritually, physically, and academically. This is accomplished through classroom guidance, small group counseling, individual counseling, academic counseling, consultations, and parent training and support. We know that each child is an individual with specific needs, interests, and abilities so my overall goal is to help your child achieve success from a personal and academic standpoint.
I am also excited to announce that this year our faculty and staff will be implementing the growth mindset approach. What is growth mindset you may ask? Your mindset is a way of thinking that determines ones behavior, outlook, and attitude. In a fixed mindset, struggles or challenges define you. However, in a growth mindset, trials or challenges are seen as temporary setbacks and an opportunity to grow. The growth mindset is a scientific theory that suggests intelligence can be developed with perseverance and hard work. Studies have shown that growth mindset results in higher test scores, better grades, and increased in-class involvement. At St. Aloysius we want to encourage our students to make mistakes and to learn from them. We promote students to keep trying despite challenges, therefore creating an "I can do this" mentality. We strive to praise students for their effort, determination, and persistence and not on how “smart” they are. I would like to encourage you to incorporate growth mindset at home and embrace problems as an opportunity to learn.
Each month I will be putting a short blurb on here to help encourage and reinforce this growth mindset mentality.
If you have any questions or concerns involving your child, please do not hesitate to contact me by email or phone. You can also check out the counseling homepage for further information.
Thank you and I look forward to a magnificent school year ahead!
Mrs. Sloan M.Ed., NCC, PLPC
New Student Shoutouts:
3rd: Carmen Sophia Mora 4th: Caroline McKay
Callie Wright 5th: Robert Bourg
~ IMPORTANT DATE REMINDERS ~
Every nine weeks, I will be making random checks of students assignment pads. At the end of the nine weeks, I will choose one boy and one girl to come have lunch in my office. These students are chosen because they have utilized their assignment pads diligently; writing all of their homework/tests down each day. They will have the opportunity invite a friend of their choice where they will be able to enjoy board games/arts & crafts/basketball in my office during their lunch period.
5th Grade Spiral Checks:
5th grade parents: I check Spirals every Monday morning before school from 7:15-7:45 and at recess from 11:25-11:45. Please remind your children that this service is offered to them. It is a great and easy way to receive full credit on these assignments. One or two points, in the end, could mean all the difference in their final grade!
Many studies show that children who have a growth mindset respond positively to challenging situations and do better in school over time. As educators, we want to encourage our students to keep striving, keep learning, and keep going even if mistakes are made.
** All excerpts will be taken from The Growth Mindset Coach by Annie Brock and Heather Hundley.**
Brock, A., & Hundley, H. (2016). The Growth Mindset Coach. Canada: Marquis Book Printing.
My Brain Is Like A Muscle That Grows
Try to think about the brain like a muscle. When a person is lifting weights and exercising they are making their muscles stronger. This same notion can be applied to exercising our brains. When we learn new things, our brains become denser and heavier.
BRAIN-BOOSTING CHALLENGES: Here are some short brain boost ideas you can do with your children. Make sure to use brain language as you do these brain-boosting challenges with them to reinforce the importance of exercising the brain.
1. Air Writing-have your children stand. Ask them a series of questions-content relevant to what they are learning in class or just for fun-which they will respond by “writing” their answers in the air with their finger.
2. Junk Drawer-keep a bag of random things; pool noodle, spatula, foam finger, pipe cleaners, etc. Ask your child to reach into the bag and pull out one of the items. Then ask them to come up with an inventive way to use that item that was not intended by its maker. For example, the pool noodle becomes a prosthetic elephant trunk.
3. Meditation-do some meditative moves with your children. A simple pose with focused breathing is a great way to reenergize them.
October-November: Boys Fantastic Friends (2nd-4th)
November-December: Girl Power: Healthy Relationships (3rd-4th)
Intro to Counseling Program (2nd-5th)
Organization/Study Skills (2nd-5th)
Impulses/Self-Control (2nd, 4th)
Conflict Resolution (3rd)