Today and yesterday were busy days getting back in the swing of things after a nice relaxing break. I sent out my sign up sheet to all the teachers so they could sign up for a lesson on “bullying” this month. We do not have a Legacy Luncheon so there isn’t a trait of the month for December. I think “bullying” is a very important topic to discuss with the students because, unfortunately, it happens. We take bullying seriously here at Legacy and as soon as it is brought to my attention I have a talk with the student who is doing the bullying (i.e. a warning). If it continues then I let our Dean know and she takes it from there. We will also have Kaiser Permanente coming out in January to do a presentation on bullying for all the 3rd-5th graders.
I am in the process of gathering referrals for my second round of groups which will start the week of January 12th and continue for six weeks. I will have my last round of groups starting at the end of March. So far I have four friendship groups, three divorce groups, and an aggressive behaviors group. Eight groups will have to be my limit this time around. I just don’t have enough time in a day, unfortunately.
I also found out yesterday that I received a grant I requested from the PTO. I was very excited about this as the counseling department (i.e. me!) only gets allocated $50.00 a year from the school. The PTO has been very generous to also include in their budget this year some monies for the Legacy School Store which I’m in charge of. The kids are earning lots of golden paws and have been using those paws to purchase things. This is great but it costs money to keep the school store stocked. Anyway, I will be using this grant money to purchase a couple of books, as well as three different social skill/friendship games that I will be using with my groups. One of the books I bought is on bullying and the other one gives interventions for children of divorce. I plan to use some of those interventions, as needed, with my divorce groups. In addition, I was able to buys some much needed crayons and markers for my Peer Pals program.
Until next time…