Natalie Sloan, M.Ed, NCC, PLPC
Office Hours: Monday-Friday during school hours
Tel: 383-3871 Extension 125
We recently came across an article that we felt compelled to share with our parents. Victoria Prooday is a registered Occupational Therapist, the founder and clinical director of a multidisciplinary clinic. She is an internationally-known educator, motivational speaker and a popular blogger on modern-day parenting and how high-tech lifestyle’s impact a child's nervous system. In her article, The Silent Tragedy Affecting Today’s Children, she discusses how our children are in a devastating emotional state. She presents the following statistics:
• 1 in 5 children has mental health problems.
• 43% increase in ADHD.
• 37% increase in teen depression.
• 100% increase in suicide rate in kids 10-14 years old.
She also gives some excellent suggestions for parents. Over the next few months, we will share these suggestions with you. The first set of recommendations deal with the need to provide kids with a well-balanced lifestyle filled with what kids NEED, not just what they WANT. Don’t be afraid to say “No!” to your kids if what they want is not what they need. Here are her (and our) suggestions:
• Provide nutritious food and limit snacks.
• Spend one hour a day in green space: biking, hiking, fishing, watching birds/insects.
• Have a daily technology-free family dinner.
• Play one board game a day.
• Involve your child in one chore a day (folding laundry, tidying up toys, hanging clothes, unpacking groceries, setting the table etc.)
• Implement a consistent sleep routine to ensure that your child gets lots of sleep in a technology-free bedroom.
I will still be conducting classroom guidance lessons tailored to the needs seen in their particular classroom/grade. I will also be leading specific groups to help students reinforce certain skills needed; such as organization/study skills. Further information on these groups and permission slips will be sent out on later dates.
I also will continue to put a short blurb on here to help encourage and reinforce growth mindset mentality. You can also read about it in the Lion’s Roar the first Monday of each month.
5th-grade parents: Starting in February, I will be teaching Brainology lessons to your children 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.
New Student Shoutouts:
3rd: Carmen Sophia Mora 4th: Caroline McKay
Callie Wright 5th: Robert Bourg
William Mickal (Welcome back to SAS)
~ IMPORTANT DATE REMINDERS ~
February 28th-Suicide Prevention Guest Speaker: Kevin Hines at St. Michael High School (5th-8th)
March 20th-Scoliosis Screening (4th-7th)
March 30- No School: Begin Easter Break
**~Assignment Pad Contest~**
Throughout the nine weeks, I make random checks of students assignment pads. At the end of that nine weeks, I choose one boy and one girl from each homeroom to come have lunch in my office. These students are chosen because they either used their assignment pad diligently or showed improvement/gave great effort to use it on a more consistent basis *GROWTH MINDSET*.
They will have the opportunity to invite a friend of their choice where they will be able to enjoy board games, arts & crafts, and basketball in my office during their lunch period.
5th Grade Spiral Checks:
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 for 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.
Mistakes are Opportunities for Learning
Einstein defined insanity as “doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” When people of a fixed mindset make mistakes, they’re often unwilling to change the behavior or action from which the mistake resulted or acknowledge a mistake was made at all. They avoid challenge and stay rooted in their comfort zone: never risking looking stupid, but forever missing out on new and different results. A growth mindset, on the other hand, is characterized by a willingness to try new strategies to find a better result.
The learning process is filled with mistakes and setbacks. Here’s a three-step strategy for harnessing the power of mistakes:
1. Normalize mistakes-There are millions of stories floating around the world of mistakes turned great inventions and failures turned wild successes. Use some of these stories to plant the seeds of failure being a natural part of hard work.
2. Value mistakes as learning opportunities-Your children need opportunities to experience failure so they understand that failing is not something to be covered up or feared; rather it is an important experience from which they can learn.
3. Coach students through setbacks- Develop some coaching go-to strategies for your children to deploy when they’re struggling in learning. It’s important that you don’t fix the problem for them; to benefit from the mistakes, a child has to work through it.
THE GREAT MISTAKE LIST:
Potato Chips X-ray Images
Chocolate Chip Cookies Microwave
Ice Cream Cones Penicillin
Silly Putty Super Glue
October-November: Boys Fantastic Friends (2nd-4th)
November-December: Girls Fantastic Friends (4th)
February-March: Ninja Worriers (4th-5th)
Intro to Counseling Program (2nd-5th)
Organization/Study Skills (2nd-5th)
Impulses/Self-Control (2nd, 4th)
Conflict Resolution (3rd)
Conflict Resolution (2nd-3rd)
Organization/Study Skills (3rd)
Loving Ourselves & Others (4th-5th)
Problem Solving Skills (2nd)
Kindness/Loving Others (3rd)
Organization/Study Skills (4th)
Brainology Unit I: Brain Basics (5th)
Brainology Unit II: Brain Behavior (5th)