Natalie Bratton Sloan, M.Ed, NCC, PLPC
Office Hours: Monday-Friday during school hours
Tel: 383-3871 Extension 125
I cannot believe the new school is already here, but I hope you and your families had a wonderful summer vacation. I wanted to take a moment to formally introduce myself to those that do not know me. 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 website for further information.
Thank you and I look forward to a magnificent school year ahead!
Mrs. Sloan M.Ed., NCC, PLPC
New Student Shout Outs!
3rd: Carmen Sophia Mora 4th: Caroline McKay
Callie Wright 5th: Robert Bourg
~UPCOMING IMPORTANT DATES~
August 24th-Back To School Night!
**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!
What is Growth Mindset?
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.
Teaching Is A Practice, Not A Perfection
People who cultivate a growth mindset are more resilient in the face of setbacks and obstacles. This mindset relishes the process of learning, not achievement. When failure comes to people with a fixed mindset, as it inevitably does, they’re far less equipped to deal with it because, in their mind, it speaks to their inadequacy as a person, rather than a challenge to be overcome or an obstacle to be negotiated. When failure comes to people with the growth mindset, they view it as a learning opportunity that will serve them as they try again.
Just keep swimming…