COUNSELOR’S CONNECTION: October 2015
September was an exciting month of getting to know each other and learning to celebrate and accept our uniqueness! Special thanks to our awesome DSE PTA for providing funding for the Morris Brothers Assemblies! Their message supported our quest for proactive behavior and seeking first to understand. They focused on appreciating differences and standing up for others and ourselves-especially when challenged by teasing or bullying. http://www.themorrisbrothers.com/
October: Developing Responsible Behavior.During this month teachers will continue reinforcing respectful and responsible behavior and I will have my first Care class lessons in each room! Care Class lessons will focus on responsible behavior with health and safety and on recognizing and avoiding tricky people. These lessons will help prepare and support us for National Red Ribbon Week which we will celebrate October 26-30..
Care Class Content is aligned at all three elementary campuses:
PreK and K will focus on Stranger Safety. (Power point presentation starring Yello Dyno-a puppet). First Graders all watch a Stranger Safety dvd starring Safe-Side Super Chick.
Second graders will watch an Internet safety dvd also starring Safe-Side Super Chick.
Upper grades will have video lessons on drug awareness (3rd-tobacco, 4th-alcohol and 5th-marijuana and inhalants.)
RED RIBBON WEEK/SAFE AND DRUG-FREE SCHOOLS: Drug Education is part of the Health TEKS for grades K-5. Schools across the nation will celebrate Safe and Drug Free Schools “National Red Ribbon Week” at the end of the month. Our campus will celebrate National Red Ribbon Week from October 26-30. Hays Caldwell Council will provide all students with a special red ribbon in honor of The National Red Ribbon Campaign. During this week we’ll celebrate in a variety of ways including wearing fun clothes to coordinate with a daily theme. Please discuss safety and health topics at home with your children. Although exposure in your home may be minimal, it’s never too soon to talk about topics such as: helpful medicines, harmful drugs, resolving conflicts, and gun safety. The most common harmful drugs to acknowledge at the elementary age are called gateway drugs. They are those that are legal for adults and often accessible in the home thus giving potential to “opening the gate” down the road to illegal drugs. They include alcohol, tobacco, and inhalants (ie: cleaning sprays, liquid paper, etc.). Although it is illegal in Texas, marijuana is also an important drug to talk with our students about due to it's high level of accessibility. Talking with kids about drugs does not encourage them to try them. It provides gentle awareness and prevention.
Here are some websites that may interest you:
http://www.nfp.org/redribbon.htm (National Family Partnership)
http://ritter.tea.state.tx.us/rules/tac/chapter115/ch115a.html (Elementary Health TEKS)
http://yellodyno.com (Safety and Abduction Prevention)
http://thesafeside.com (Internet and Stranger Safety)
http://www.dsisdtx.us/index.aspx?nid=799 (My webpage! Scroll down to the main page to see helpful links, including community and tutoring resources)
* Here’s what’s happening on our campus regarding dress up themes.
I will post samples of our daily announcements to the link off of this subpage as we get closer to the 26th. The announcements will give examples of how we address these themes school-wide.
“I’m A “JEAN”ius! I’m Drug Free.”
- Wear blue jeans a red shirt.
- Drug awareness and safety posters placed around campus.
My Future is Bright! I’ll stay healthy and treat my body right”
• Wear neon colors and/or sunglasses
Drug Free-The Texas Way to be”
- Wear boots or Texas Spirit clothes.
- Bring tennis shoes if you have PE
"Tigers are Wild about a Healthy Life”
Wear DS Tiger Spirit clothes!
“Use your head to make wise choices!”
• Wear your hair in a creative style. (Washable color spray allowed!)