Check out this cool event in our community to celebrate National Bully Prevention Month and Unity Day-October 25, 2017!
October is National Bully Prevention Month. PES will be celebrating Unity Day on October 25th by wearing Orange! In preparation for discussions and activities on Unity Day my lessons in all grade levels will be on kindness this month!
5th grade students will read and discuss the book 'One' by Kathryn Otoshi. We will reflect on people who have made a difference in their lives and how they hope to be the one to make a difference in someone else's life. We also will watch a cute video of a middle school that reenacted the book 'One'.
4th grade students will be getting advice from the one and only Kid President on how to spread Good! We will discuss in the context of kindness and students will create posters inspiring others to spread 'Good!' Check out some great posters made by Mrs. McCallister's class!
Third grade classes will be discussing 'What is Kindness'? We will be watching a video of what some other kids think kindness is. In addition, students will be designing posters representing what they believe Kindness means! Check out some from Mrs. Chance's class!
Second grade students will be returning for another Froggy and Friends puppet show! This time Froggy will tame a bully! We will be making bully bugs to help us remember what we can do if someone is bulling or being mean to us. We also discussed the definition of bullying-repeated, pattern of mean behavior!
First grade students are Bucket Fillers this month! We will be reading one of my favorite books, 'Have You Filled A Bucket Today?'. Students will learn the difference between bucket fillers and bucket dippers! We will practice filling up each other's buckets!
Kindergarten is all about Spookly the Square Pumpkin the month! We always love when Spookly comes out to meet us and teach us his important lesson about being kind to people, no matter how they may be different from us!
Exciting things are happening in October!!! Wednesday, October 25th is Unity Day! Unity Day is a national day to promote kindness, acceptance and inclusion for all people. Parkwood will be celebrating Unity Day by wearing orange clothes on October 25th! October 30th-November 3rd will be Red Ribbon Week at Parkwood! Red Ribbon Week is a national week celebrated to focus on saying no to drugs! We will have lots of special activities during Red Ribbon Week!
Welcome Back! I am getting my blog up and running for the new school year! It has been a busy few weeks at Parkwood! I have enjoyed getting to know all the new faces-both students and teachers! We will be having a 'Back to School Bash' dance next Monday, September 25th from 2:30-4:00pm to help raise money for Red Ribbon Week and Unity Day. These are two special events I coordinate in October so I hope all the 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students come out to the dance! A flyer is going home with those grade levels tomorrow about it. I plan to post updates about my monthly classs room lessons and other guidance news on this blog, so check back regularly! As always let me know if you have any questions or if I can help you in any way.
Congratulations to the 2017 Battle of Books team at Parkwood for advancing to the finals this Friday!
2nd grade students had a lesson about sharing in March! Froggy and Friends helped us learn that there are different ways of sharing and that different situations might require us to share differently!
Third, Fourth, and Fifth grade classes had a lesson on Bullying in February. Some lessons are carrying over into March as well. Each class began by taking a bullying survey, to share their own thoughts about bullying here at PES. The lesson focused on the kids page of www.stopbullying.gov This website is where I always base my bullying lessons off of. This year students got a chance to explore the website themselves. Students broke into groups and made a poster to 'teach' their classmates about one of three topics on this website: bully definition/types, the facts about bullying, and what you can do. Below are some examples of posters that have been made so far!
Froggy and Friends learned about bullying and how to stop it in our story this month! Students made 'bully bugs' to take home with strategies on how to handle teasing/bullying.
Students read the book 'The Way I feel' then played a feeling game and practices our feeling faces. Below is our visual representation for our our feeling faces practice!
First grade classes went 'fishing for feelings' this month. This is a fun fishing game that allows us to talk about our feelings and what feelings mean.
I hope everyone had a nice break off from school and was able to spend time with their family and friends! As 2017 starts I look forward to lots of new and exciting things taking place at PES and in my classroom! I also hope we will continue to embrace the Habits of Mind and Rachel's Challenge in our school. I love these displays I found around the school today!
I am the school counselor at Parkwood Elementary School. I am excited to share updates on this blog about guidance activities!