GUIDANCE COUNSELOR’S OFFICE
SHANNON JANSEN, SCHOOL COUNSELOR
Model guidance will be provided to every classroom, kindergarten through second grade. This is a group of lessons that teach students social skills and other important concepts. All classrooms will begin with a lesson on bullying. Students are taught to use their words by saying, “Stop” or “Stop That’s Mean” when someone is hurting their body or their feelings. If that person does not stop, they are taught to get adult help. This lesson will be completed the first month. Please encourage your child to tell others to stop when they are being picked on, and get adult help if the behaviors continue. Report any concerns you have about bullying.
The lessons that follow are: self-concept, safety, being a good friend, trying your best to be a good student, careers, and making good choices. There are also lessons on drug awareness and disability awareness.
Students will be encouraged to use the skills they are taught throughout the school year. Classrooms will be provided posters, signs, and other resources.
THE WINDSOR WAY!
ALSO CALLED SCHOOL-WIDE POSITIVE BEHAVIOR SUPPORT. IT IS A BEHAVIOR PLAN WHERE STUDENTS ARE GIVEN POSITIVE BEHAVIORAL EXPECTATIONS TO FOLLOW IN ALL AREAS OF THE SCHOOL COMMUNITY. WE ARE FOCUSING ON THREE GENERAL EXPECTATIONS:
ASK YOUR CHILD ABOUT THE WINDSOR WAY. IT IS ALSO A GREAT TOOL TO USE AT HOME. WHEN SEEING YOUR CHILD ACTING OUT, ASK THEM ARE YOU BEING RESPONSIBLE, RESPECTFUL, AND/OR SAFE. THIS CAN HELP THEM THINK ABOUT THEIR OWN BEHAVIORS AND REDIRECT THE BEHAVIORS INTO MORE POSITIVE ONES. ACKNOWLEDGE WHEN YOUR CHILD IS DEMONSTRATING ONE OF THESE EXPECTATIONS. EXAMPLE: I LIKE THE WAY YOU WERE RESPONSIBLE, WHEN YOU REMEMBERED TO BRUSH YOUR TEETH.
TIPS FOR PARENTS
DEALING WITH BULLIES
IF YOUR CHILD IS A VICTIM OF BULLYING, here are some things you might try to have them do:
*Use their words by saying “Stop!” or “Stop That’s Mean!”
*Know that being bullied is not your fault
*Tell a friend/adult
*Chill out/Remain calm
*Try not to be alone
*Don’t fight back
HELP YOUR CHILD HAVE SCHOOL SUCCESS
*ATTENDANCE is extremely important! If your child is not here, they can not learn the necessary concepts that are taught. Please encourage your child to come to school, unless they are sick. If they are sick, please notify the office @ 464-4408.
*STAY INFORMED DAILY by checking your child’s book bag and folder for notes, homework, and behavior charts
*COMMUNICATE issues and concerns about your child to his or her teacher
*DISCUSS the importance of school success with your child
*REWARD OR GIVE CONSEQUENCES for school behavior and progress
HERE ARE SOME GUIDELINES FOR TALKING TO YOUR CHILDREN ABOUT FEELINGS OF FEAR AND ANXIETY BROUGHT ON BY VIOLENT ACTS IN SCHOOLS AROUND THE NATION:
*Encourage children to talk and express feelings
*Validate the child’s feelings
*Talk honestly about your own feelings regarding violence
*Discuss ther safety procedures that are in place at school and in the community
*Create safety plans by identifying trusted adults a child can talk to and making sure your child knows how to reach you or another family member in case of crisis
*Empower children to take action regarding their safety by reporting incidents and developing problem solving skills
The Windsor C-1 School District is happy to have a full time social worker. Her name is Chrissy Immken. Mrs. Immken and I can aid your family in finding resources or helping your family with concerns. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact my office at 636 464-4412.