If you were a parent in Eanes last year, you are already familiar with the Social Emotional Learning (SEL) criteria on the report card, which was added last year. 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 (http://www.parenttoolkit.com/). 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. As counselors, we are particularly fond of 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.
With cooler temperatures looking like they may be here to stay, we are starting to see our lost and found collection growing. We want to remind you the importance of labeling your children’s coats/jackets, lunch boxes and water bottles! The more information you can include on an item (first and last name is most helpful), the better chance we have of getting it back to its rightful owner! We have fifth graders who help out three times a week to organize lost and found items, look for names, and return labeled items to their owners. We will donate unclaimed, unlabeled items that are left over winter break to help minimize clutter.
Tips for Parent Teacher Conferences
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:
Last week, we introduced our second Life Skill of the year: Cooperation! A group of 4th graders made a video to introduce the importance of cooperation. 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 did our first life skills drawing last week! All students who earned a life skills badge (bobcat heads last month) were entered into a drawing for gift certificates from All Star Burger. Four students from each grade were awarded these gift certificates! We will repeat this process at the end of each month this school year, so there will be many opportunities to get a certificate!
We also began our second round of counselor led SEL lessons last week! In third, fourth and fifth grade we are reading the book Zero, by Kathryn Otoshi, which facilitates discussion on fitting in, having self worth 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.