Please remind your children to visit the lost & found! In an effort to keep our lost and found efficient, any unclaimed items remaining when we leave for winter break will be donated to charity. The best way to make sure your child’s lost items are returned is to clearly label them with first and last names. 5th grade parents, please remind your students that their December leadership jobs will begin on Monday! You may visit our counseling website, bpesel.weebly.com, to up more information on leadership jobs. You can also find information on our classroom lessons, links, and other important reminders on our website.
Last week we introduced November’s Life Skill: Perseverance. Each month, we are highlighting three tools to help us demonstrate our life skills. This month’s tools are Growth Mindset, Patience, and Persistence. In each class we are talking about these three tools, sharing examples of people who have persevered, particularly in the face of adversity, and asking students to reflect on their mindset during times they have struggled or felt challenged.
At home, you can reinforce the skill of perseverance, too! Big Life Journal suggests nine activities you can do at home to help build perseverance with your children. Two of our favorite activities from this list are conducting a “Grit Interview” and asking, “What’s the hard part?” In short, Grit Interviews, as explained by Ashley Cullins, are having your child interview grandparents, neighbors or other acquaintances who have worked hard toward a long term goal. Since many families utilize Thanksgiving break and winter break to spend time with extended family and grandparents, these breaks would be a great time to try out this activity. Asking “What’s the hard part?” involves identifying the difficult part when your child is feeling discouraged or ready to give up so they can more easily identify how to overcome it. To read more about these activities, as well as the complete list of activities and free printables, follow this link.
It’s hard to believe it is already November! This week we wrapped up our classroom lesson on Cooperation. As we mentioned earlier this month, we worked on a school-wide quilt that has a quilt square to represent each student here at BPE! Later this month, the Bridge Point counselors will join the counselors at Valley View, Cedar Creek, Forest Trail, Eanes and Barton Creek to assemble all of our quilts together to make one district-wide quilt that represents every elementary student we serve. We are excited about this project and look forward to sharing more about it later on this month!
A new month also means fifth graders are starting new leadership jobs! We love providing fifth graders with this opportunity to grow their leadership skills and work on their independence. That being said, we know they still need some support keeping track of their jobs. Please take some time to visit our website, bpesel.weebly.com, with your fifth grader to take a look at their jobs in the 5th Grade Leadership section of our webpage. We are also working on a “Frequently Asked Questions” section for our fifth grade leadership, so keep an eye out for that in the next week!