The Whole Child: Enhancing Your Child’s Emotional Health.

Tuesday, January 17th from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Legacy Elementary, 7701 Eagle Blvd., Frederick

Sponsored by: North Range Behavioral Health Questions: Contact Leena Figall at 720.652.8160, ext. 24009

Light refreshments provided.  Free to attend!


6:30-6:40 p.m. Welcome and light refreshments

6:40-7:10 p.m. Break-out session #1 – Safe Tween/Teen (talking to your tweens and teens about suicide)

7:20- 7:50 p.m. Break-out session #2 – Transitions (helping children through transitions)

8:00-8:30 p.m. Break-out session #3 – Anxiety in Young Children (what to do & what to look for)






Red Ribbon Week!

Next week (October 24th to the 28th) is Red Ribbon Week (just say NO to drugs and alcohol).  We will be having “Spirit Week” here at Legacy with a door decorating contest. The doors will be judged by Student Council members and there will be one winner for K-2nd and one for 3rd-5th. The winners will receive a pizza party for their class.  The Spirit days for next week are as follows:


Tuesday- WEAR YOUR FAVORITE SPORTS JERSEY DAY (to team up against drugs!)

Wednesday- WEAR JEANS DAY (be a jean-ius and just say no to drugs!)

Thursday- WEAR YOUR CLOTHES BACKWARD DAY (to turn your back on drugs!)

Friday- WEAR A SUPER HERO SHIRT OR WEAR BLACK DAY (to be hero and to black out drugs!)

Counseling update for November

In the month of November I will finish my first round of groups and will be starting my second round the week of January 17th. I will also go into classrooms to do lessons on “Going for your goals”.  The Legacy Luncheon for “Going for your goals” will be held on Wednesday, December 7th.  We will not have a Legacy trait in December because of winter break so I will do classroom lessons on bullying.

Student Council is collecting cans for the canned food drive which ends December 13th. The class that has the most cans wins a pizza party!  We will also have a mitten tree (to collect mittens, hats and scarves for the needy). Student Council will start collecting for the tree starting November 28th and ending December 13th .

A big thanks to all the parents who have volunteered for the school store. I am very grateful!

I hope everyone has a great Thanksgiving break!

Counseling update!


I’m in desperate need of parent volunteers for the school store this year.  The Legacy PTO website will have the days listed and you can sign up there or send me an email at letting me know what days you can do. The open spots are all Fridays on Sept. 16th, Oct. 7th, Oct. 21st, Nov. 4th, Nov. 18th, Dec. 2nd, Dec. 16th, Jan 6th, Jan. 20th,  Feb. 3rd, Mar. 3rd, Mar. 17th, Apr. 7th, Apr. 21st, May 5th and the day before the last day of school, May 23rd.  The time is 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

In the month of September I am working on getting the Peer Pals program up and running. This program allows 5th grade students to mentor younger students at Legacy who may need some extra one on one time (i.e. a big buddy) and/or help with academics. The mentor and mentee meet once a week, for 30 minutes, in the lunchroom. 5th graders who are interested need to be recommended by their teacher and fill out an application.

I will also be assisting with the 100 mile club again this year.   This will be run by Brian Bianco, our PE teacher, but Cherie Oatman and I will be helping out in the mornings and running/walking with the kids.

In addition, this month I will solicit feedback from teachers regarding students who may benefit from one of my groups. I hold groups once a week, for 30 minutes, on various topics such as Social Skills/Friendship, Study Skills, Divorce/Separation, grief, anger management, and self- control, just to name a few. The group sessions go for six weeks. I hold three six week sessions a year (one before holiday break and two after). If you would like your child to be in any of my groups please let me or his or her teacher know.  My first round of groups will be starting the week of Oct. 3rd.

On Thursday, Sept. 8th, Eric and Angelyne (his deaf Cattle dog) will be doing a character education assembly for the K-2nd graders.

“ Angelyne was born completely deaf. She is an outstanding exception to what usually happens with deaf dogs. Most deaf dogs are abused, misunderstood, neglected, abandoned and left in shelters or euthanized. Eric took her in and gave her a meaningful life with a different purpose. Her normal job would have been as a cattle herding dog but Eric taught her over 40 different hand signals and non-verbal commands including obedience and tricks. Eric created a unique set of hand commands unlike American Sign Language with amazing results. Angelyne is very focused, intelligent and loves to entertain. Since 2007 Eric and Angelyne have been very busy speaking and performing at schools, churches, special events, fairs, carnivals, festivals, pet expos, for at-risk youth, centers for the disabled, senior care centers and much more.”

On Sept. 27th, the Colorado Shakespeare Festival will be performing their anti-bullying presentation of “The Taming of the Shrew” for the 3rd-5th graders and having three student workshops to follow.

“Kate and Petruchio (the two main characters) are two people who have behaved badly their whole lives, acting as bullies toward other people, toward siblings,” Keith says. “And yet, by the end, they both have learned how to be nice and have a healthy relationship. So we hope that’ll lead to kids asking, ‘How can we stop bullying each other and become more of a team?”

Last but not least, the Legacy trait of the month is “Listening Actively” and the luncheon for this trait will be held on Wednesday, September 21st. If your child is displaying this trait and is chosen for the luncheon they will receive an invitation. I will also be doing classroom lessons on this trait. Parents are encouraged to attend the luncheon with their children as it makes for a special experience for them!

The new In-Focus curriculum

St. Vrain Valley School District is currently piloting a new brain-based social-emotional curriculum called “In-Focus”, written by Tom McSheehy, a former teacher and licensed clinical social worker. It is considered a tier one intervention which uses daily repetition to get results. This curriculum will most likely be mandatory for all elementary schools in the district for the 2017-2018 school year and helps students do the following:


  • Improve intellectual development
  • Succeed academically


    • Manage and express emotions positively
    • Gain focus and improve attention


  • Reduce stress and calm themselves
  • Reduce bullying and impulsive behavior
  • Elevate self-esteem and self-confidence
  • Strengthen social skills
  • Improve teamwork and collaboration
  • Develop problem solving skills

This program uses ten to fifteen minute a day lessons that build on each other day after day.  Background information and a script are provided for each lesson and lessons can be paraphrased to meet the needs of the teacher and/or classroom.

Lessons are designed to meet the needs of all three parts of the brain which are the brain stem (safety), the limbic system (emotions and motivation) and the cortex (thinking).

Thompson Valley School District did a pilot this past school year and used the DAP (Development Assets Profile) to gather data.