Hello Forest Park families! I hope you all had a wonderful Winter break. At Forest Park we kicked off the New Year with an assembly where we acknowledged our December Fantastic Foxes who showed us what it meant to be INCLUSIVE at school. We also introduced our January word of the month, EMPATHY, by reading “The Golden Rule” by Ilene Cooper and watching a short video titled “What is Empathy”. We wrapped up with a Mindful Moment where our whole school sat silently and focused just on our breathing. The Mindful Moment is my favorite part of our assemblies and I am always impressed with everyone’s participation. See below for some other updates from the school counseling world!
All of the guidance classes that I teach start with a similar Mindful practice with the intention of calming our brains and bodies in order to be present in the room as learners. Currently, K-5 guidance lessons are focused on the topic of bullying. Students are learning the difference between rude, mean, and bullying behaviors, the differences between tattling and reporting, and what it means to be an upstander. These lessons will continue through the next couple of months.
Thank you for reading these updates and please don’t hesitate to reach out if there is anything I can do to support your student. I truly consider myself a bridge between school departments and am happy to help any way that I can.
Small Group for Changing Families
As Forest Park School Counselor I often work with students in small groups as needed. One group that is offered is a “Changing Families” group, which is intended to be a safe space to discuss and manage feelings around family change (parents’ divorce or separation) and connect with other students who are experiencing a similar situation. This group will encourage star students like yours to express their feelings in a positive way so they can be successful at school, both academically and socially. If you feel that your student would benefit from this kind of support, or if you feel that your student is coping just fine but would still like to connect with or support other students, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to have your student included.
This year, 5th grade students have the opportunity to participate in a student leadership group. Those interested completed an application and we will start meeting weekly starting at the end of this month. The leadership group will focus on service learning projects selected by the student group. I can’t wait to hear their thoughts and I can’t wait to share with you what their projects will be. Stay tuned!
Have a great weekend!
Lizzie O'Leary, School Counselor