School Counseling Lessons and Groups
Small groups will start at the begining of October and continue throughout the school year. The purpose of each group is to help students develop skills in various areas (e.g., friendship, coping). Each group will typically last for eight sessions. At the conclusion of a group, a student may participate in another group if there is a need. The majority of the group meetings will occur during lunch. Classroom teachers often recommend students for groups. However, parents can request participation for groups as well. If your child is recommended for a guidance group, a permission letter will be sent home.
Classroom guidance lessons will focus on a variety of areas, such as friendship, decision making, career exploration and self-esteem. Lessons will also emphasize various character traits. Each month students participate in a school-wide Book of the Month Program. The following character traits will be emphasized this year:
September-Kindness (Bucket Filling)
May-Sportsmanship & Citizenship
Second Step Program
Students also receive classroom lessons on skills for learning, empathy, emotion management, and problem solving through the Second Step Program. This program is facilitated by Creative Health Services. The websites below provide videos with grade level specific information.
Grade K: www.secondstep.org with the activation key SSPK FAMI LY70
Grade 1: www.secondstep.org with the activation key SSP1 FAMI LY71
Grade 2: www.secondstep.org with the activation key SSP2 FAMI LY72