School Counseling / Mental Health - Resources and Meeting Recordings

NEWSLETTERS

April 2022

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Class Counseling in Kindergarten

Kindergarten met their third Kimochis character, "Bug", who teaches us to "Put our brave in front when feeling scared." Bug Bug is a caterpillar who is thoughtful and extremely cautious. He is really smart, a skilled conversationalist, and known to talk to himself and the others out of any given situation because he looks at all sides. Bug is afraid of change and because of this, being a caterpillar is not easy for him. He is always the last one to try something new. Although he feels afraid, Bug secretly dreams of flying. When he feels cautious, he tucks his wings on his back. When he feels brave, he spreads his wings to fly.

 

Class Counseling 1st - 4th Grades

First through fourth grades learned part 2 of Hunter and His Amazing Remote Control.  The remote control buttons include:

Channel Changer button = Filtering out distractions Pause button = Stopping to think, relax, and create a plan Fast Forward button = Thinking before acting

Rewind button = Shifting focus from past failure to future change

Slow Motion button = Slowing down and managing stress Coach button = Solving problems

Zapper button = Recognizing and rejecting negative thinking

Way to Go! button = Using positive self-talk

 

Class Counseling in 5th and 6th Grade

Fifth and sixth graders explored careers this month via vaview.net. Of course, they don't have to decide now what their future career will be, but it is good to dream about the possibilities. This lesson gave the students a chance to research the required training and education, academic skills used on the job (math, writing, public speaking, etc.), and some of the hardest and most fun parts of the career they are dreaming about and also what some related careers might be. . I also wanted the kids to realize that what they are doing/learning right now in school does relate to their future goals.

 

Parent Workshop: Helping Children Cope with Anxiety - (Tuesday, May 17 at 7:00 pm) with Rachel Bailey

 

With all of the challenges we've faced this year, children may seem more anxious than ever. Aldrin Elementary School is pleased to be offering a special virtual Zoom presentation (Tuesday, May 17 at 7:00 pm) for parents on how to help children cope with anxiety. Led by our keynote speaker Rachel Bailey, this workshop will teach parents how to respond effectively to their children at the moment when they are feeling worried, shutting down, or even becoming irritable or angry. Parents will also learn strategies to foster their child's overall resilience so they're better equipped to handle obstacles now and in the future.

With a Master's Degree in Clinical Psychology, Rachel Bailey has taught thousands of parents and children tools for improving behavior, motivation, resilience, and self-esteem through her podcasts, speaking engagements, and parenting programs. Following the workshop, Rachel and our team will answer questions from parents. More information about the presentation will be coming soon. In the meantime, mark your calendars and plan on joining us for this important virtual workshop.

March 2022

Class Counseling in Kindergarten

Kindergarten met their second Kimochis character, "Huggtopus", who teaches that "Fun has to be fun for everyone". Huggtopus loves to be silly and have fun, but needs to pay attention to other people's feelings to know when they want to play or if they need space. If you'd like, you can watch the Huggtopus music video with your child to review the Huggtopus lesson.

Class Counseling 1st - 4th Grades

This month in classrooms, first through fourth graders began learning about Hunter and His Amazing Remote Control and began using their own remote controls with buttons to help them focus in class:

 

  • Channel Changer button = Filtering out distractions
  • Pause button = Stopping to think, relax, and create a plan
  • Fast Forward button = Thinking before acting
  • Rewind button = Shifting focus from past failure to future change
  • Slow Motion button = Slowing down and managing stress
  • Coach button = Solving problems
  • Zapper button = Recognizing and rejecting negative thinking
  • Way to Go! button = Using positive self-talk

 

Games that allow kids to practice and experiences that foster the building of the skills needed to control impulses and stay focused:

• The Freeze game: Kids dance when the music plays and freeze when it stops. Dance quickly for fast-tempo songs, slowly for slow-tempo songs. And then reverse the cues: Fast music = slow dancing. Slow music = fast dancing.

• Color-matching freeze: In this variant of the freeze game, kids don’t just stop dancing when the music stops. First, they find a colored mat and stand on it. Then, before they freeze, they perform a special dance step. There are several, differently-colored mats on the floor, and each color is linked with a different dance step.

• Conducting an orchestra: Kids play musical instruments (like maracas and bells) whenever an adult waves her baton, increasing their tempo when the baton moves quickly and reducing their tempo when the baton slows down. Then the opposite rules apply (e.g., kids play faster when the baton moves slowly).

• Drumbeats: A teacher tells kids to respond to different drum cues with specific body movements. For example, kids might hop when they hear a fast drum beat and crawl when they hear a slow drum beat. After a time, kids are asked to reverse the cues.

Class Counseling in 5th and 6th Grade

Fifth and sixth graders learned how to amp up their resilience--the ability to deal with challenging situations--and how to tackle emotional triggers:

 

  • Make a list of your emotional triggers (can be a person, place, event, or idea about yourself).
  • Avoid your emotional triggers when you can, but make a plan for how to deal with each one in times when they can not be avoided.
  • Use positive self-talk to reframe your perception. Ask yourself: What is another logical, more positive explanation for this situation?

 

You can help your child build resilience by helping them to keep things in perspective and know there is a future beyond the current situation--and that future can be good. Help them to look for meaning or purpose in their difficult situation and that it could be helping them to grow emotionally and become stronger. Help them to reframe negative perceptions.

Save the Date and Stay Tuned

Rachel Bailey will be our guest speaker for our parent presentation on May 17th at 7:00 PM over Zoom. She will speak on Helping Children Cope with Anxiety. Stay tuned for details!

RECORDINGS - MENTAL HEALTH TEAM PRESENTATIONS

April 19, 2021

February 22, 2021

February 22, 2021

  • Talking to your children about feelings
  • Transitioning back into the building

 

January 2021

RESOURCES

Assignments

Counseling Program Information

Positivity Project - P2

Community Resources

Supporting Our Community

Corona Virus Resources, Information on Financial / Food Assistance During the Corona Virus, Support Your Child with Distance Learning, Family Services

Corona Virus Resources, Information on Financial / Food Assistance During the Corona Virus, Support Your Child with Distance Learning, Family Services

Mental Health Resources

How to Consult with the School Psychologist and School Social Worker

FCPS 2020 Mental Wellness Consultation Service KIT

How to support your family emotionally during Corona Virus

Mental Health Resources

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Social Emotional Wellness Quick Guides

Schoology Course LINK - Best in Chrome

All students have been added to this course - School Services - Aldrin Mental Health Team Course

Parents may access through their SIS Parent Schoology Login -> Go to your profile picture in the upper right -> Click to choose your child's Schoology Page -> Click on Courses -> Choose School Services - > Aldrin Mental Health Team Course

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