As you reviewed the first report card of the year, you will have noticed the new Social Emotional Learning (SEL) criteria. For some of you, this information may have provided welcomed reassurance, while others may have been left wondering how better to support your child’s social-emotional growth at home. One of our favorite resources is Parent Toolkit. This website has a wealth of resources and information on topics ranging from academics to health & wellness- there’s even a section on financial literacy. Here in the counseling center, we LOVE the social and emotional section! There you can find developmental milestones, strategies to support your child’s social and emotional growth and many great articles. We hope you will find this tool helpful whether you are in immediate need of support, or you want to bookmark the resource for future use.
Parents of 5th Graders, it’s almost November! Time for a new rotation of 5th Grade Leadership Jobs! We count on the kids to be responsible and keep track of their jobs, but sometimes they need a little extra help from adults. Remember, all 5th grade leadership jobs for the entire year are posted on the 5th Grade Leadership section of our BPE SEL webpage.
Parent teacher conferences are coming up next week! Whether you’re a parent brand new to elementary school or you’re an old pro, we have some tips to help you make the most out of this brief, but valuable one-on-one time with your child’s teacher.
Conferences are a great opportunity for you to get feedback from the teacher, but don’t forget about your child! Conferences are the perfect catalyst for conversations with your child and provide an opportunity to assess how your student feels about school, both academically and socially. Below are some ideas for topics to bring up with your child prior to the conference and how to prepare yourself for the conference:
Tips for Parents: Parent-Teacher Conferences
20 Questions To Ask During a Parent-Teacher Conference
Top 10 Questions to Ask During a Parent Teacher Conference
5 Smart Questions to Ask During a Parent Teacher Conference
Last week, we introduced our second Life Skill of the year: Cooperation! A group of twelve 4th grade students worked together to share the Life Skill with our BPE students. They presented in assembly about what cooperation looks like and sounds like in different places around school. Teachers began passing out Paw Prints to recognize students demonstrating cooperation. The Life Skills Board is already filling up quickly! Students will continue to focus their efforts on showing Cooperation throughout the month of October.
We also began our second round of counselor led SEL lessons last week! We are reading the book Where Oliver Fits, by Cade Atkinson, which facilitates discussion on fitting in and how we all have a place in our BPE community. As always, you can visit our Bridge Point SEL website at bpesel.weebly.com to see when we will be visiting your child’s classroom.
When tragedies such as Las Vegas and the destruction caused by recent hurricanes take place, it can be hard to find the words for yourself, let alone deciding what to say to your children. As many of you know the recent mass shooting in Las Vegas closely touched one of our own BPE staff. This week’s Counselor Corner will provide some tips and strategies on how approach and explain these events to your children. As much as we hope to shield our children from these tragedies, many parents are faced with difficult conversations.
The following links are great resources for more detailed information on how to handle these tough conversations:
Psychology Today: How to Talk to Kids About the Las Vegas Shooting
How to Talk to Kids about the Las Vegas Mass Shooting