Wow! We haven't updated this in a long time! Whoops!
Here's what's happening in the world of Brownsville School Counseling:
We are currently in "stage 3" of our district's return to school plan, with the option given to our Pre-K, K, 1st and 2nd Grade students to return to school two days/week. Our 4th and 5th Grade learners are still learning 100% virtually.
Ms. Ingram is in the building to support Pre-K through 3rd Graders on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. She continues to support students virtually as well through individual and small group support, and she offers students the opportunity to have social time and hang out with friends through "Snack Bunches." Students can sign up to have these visits with friends by visiting this link. Students or parents can make an appointment to talk with Ms. Ingram by emailing her or visiting this link.
Mrs. Geddy is still virtual, supporting students over zoom through individual and small group support. She offers students the opportunity to socialize with other students from their grades through weekly grade-level hangouts on zoom.
3rd-5th Grade students can also schedule individual visits, or small group visits with friends by signing up for an appointment with Mrs. Geddy. If you want to invite friends, include the names of friends you'd like to invite in the bottom box that says "Is there anything you'd like Mrs. Geddy to know ahead of time?"
Despite being miles apart, we are still here to support the social, emotional, and academic needs of our students! Don't be afraid to reach out!
3rd-5th Grade Bees:
K-2nd Grade Bees:
We can't wait to hear about all that you did to stay active, safe, calm and happy over your time away from school!
Love, Mrs. Geddy and Ms. Ingram
Are you struggling to talk to your child about the Coronavirus? Here are some great tips from the Child Mind Institute and tips from the National Association of School Psychologists.
For our Brownsville students, here are some things we want you to know and think about:
Brownsville students are always safe and caring learners, but we're going above and beyond to be extra caring next week during our first ever Week of Caring. Check out all of the cool events that will be happening next week!
Congratulations to our Safety Patrol students from Mrs. Crickenberger, Mrs. Morris and Mr. Donnelly's classes for a fabulous semester of keeping our students safe. Here are some pictures of these great kids in action.
We are excited to welcome students from Mrs. Greenwood, Mr. Humphrey and Mrs. Morris' classes into Safety Patrol for the second half of the school year. Here are the new safety patrol during their training this past week.
Greetings parents and caretakers! This month’s focus for the school counselors at BES is calming strategies. The upcoming holiday will bring lots of hustle and bustle, special activities, excitement, and for some, also upset feelings depending on circumstances. We thought it would be appropriate to give our little bees some tips for staying calm and centered throughout the season. Mrs. Geddy (3rd-5th counselor) will be teaching self-calming through the use of imagery, art, grounding, body scan, talking to trusted friends/adults, taking breaks, journaling and deep breathing. Ms. Ingram (K-2nd counselor) will be teaching mindfulness strategies such as guided meditations involving “hot cocoa breaths”, and the “mindfulness snowman melt”. These activities combine, body scan, imagery, deep breathing, and crafts. Students will also discuss grounding by focusing on surroundings, how they are feeling, and being aware of thoughts to help them to enjoy the present moment. Ask your bees how to use these strategies, and try them for fun as a family. Happy Holidays!
This month in classroom guidance lessons, we are recognizing National Bully Prevention Month. In 3rd-5th Grade, students will spend one lesson focusing on how it feels to be treated in an unkind way, why students are unkind, and what to do if it happens to you. Students are focusing on 3 strategies for dealing with unkind behavior through a series of role plays in the classroom:
1. Act like the bullying doesn’t bother you- Bullies love to make you upset. They want to see you cry or get angry. Instead, act like it doesn’t bother you. Shrug your shoulders, say “Oh well” or just walk away like it doesn’t matter.
2. Be Assertive- Not passive, not aggressive, ASSERTIVE! It's okay to say "please stop" in a kind and firm way. It's not okay to say or do mean things back. It's not kind, it can get YOU in trouble, and it just makes the problem worse.
3- Report to an adult- Students should tell an adult about the problem. The best person to tell is the adult who is responsible for you when the bullying happens. If you don't get help from that adult, tell another adult! You can report in person, or through the school counselor request form on this website!
Our next 3rd-5th grade lesson will focus on how to help when you see someone else being treated unkindly. Students will also learn 3 tricks to help:
1- The Teddy Bear Approach- Help the student who is being treated unkindly by saying kind things to them such as "I'm sorry that happened to you," or "You can sit with us for now on if you want."
2- The Flashing Lights Jingle Bell Sparkle Approach- When you see someone being mean, distract everyone by starting a new conversation or doing something that takes everyone's mind off of the mean behavior. This gives the target a chance to escape without everyone noticing.
3- The Superhero/Upstander- Step in and casually address the mean behavior. Say something like "Hey, you wouldn't like it if they did that to you," or "That's not very nice."
Parents- if your child is saying that he or she is being bullied, be sure to:
Today was an exciting day! Forty awesome 5th graders from Mrs. James, Mrs. Crickenberger's and Mr. Donnelly's Class were trained into the AAA School Safety Patrol Program, the largest patrol at Brownsville to date! (Mrs. Greenwood, Mrs. Morris and Mr. Humphrey's students will have the opportunity to join in the Spring Semester). Today, students learned about the history of the international program, which is set to run in it's 100th year in 2020. They learned about famous leaders who served in their school safety patrol, including 3 former US Presidents/Vice Presidents, AND our very own Principal, Mr. Crutchfield! They learned what an honor and responsibility being a part of the safety patrol is. Their duties at Brownsville will include: monitoring halls and entryways to school to make sure that students get to class and leave the building safely; greeting students and staff to raise moral in the school; and raising and lowering the flags. Finally, students were fitted in their belts and badges and they said the AAA School Safety Patrol Pledge: