An Update from the Counselor

After such an unpredictable week last week, it was great to settle back into a comfortable routine this week!

Faculty and staff attended continued LETRS training and Literature Circle training to help us to provide the students with the best literacy education we can give them. Many of us put that to use right away when we work with the students during MTSS in the afternoons.

It has been wonderful to have parent volunteers doing paired reading with our students. I have had the privilege of seeing such incredible reading improvement in many students since the beginning of the year, thanks to the extra practice they do, and thanks to the commitment of parents!

This week in guidance, we continued discussing the ideas of equality and acceptance in general terms. In all grades, we recapped what we had learned from last week’s Dr. Seuss story, The Sneetches.

This is a great video of The Sneetches that you can watch (and rewatch!) at home.

Even our youngest students remembered that just because people look different, does not mean we should treat them badly. Today I was amazed that one of my first grade students used the example of skin color as something that we should not judge people for; that we can be friends with anyone, no matter what color they are. She ended the week with a perfect transition into learning about Martin Luther King, Jr. starting on Monday!

In grades JK-2, we also discussed the importance of not labeling other people negatively, and how we shouldn’t let ourselves be brought down even if others label us negatively. We read a story called, You Are Special, by Max Lucado. I highly recommend it as an addition to your home library!

In grades 3-5, we continued with Dr. Seuss (he has so many good stories to teach us with!), and discussed Horton Hears A Who. The central theme of the story is, “A person’s a person no matter how small.”

There’s also a great video on youtube with a short film version that you can watch at home, if you’d like:

I’m looking forward to the discussions we’ll have next week. It makes me so proud to see how accepting, thoughtful, and open-minded your children are. They are going to change the world when they grow up!

Have a wonderful weekend! Enjoy the warmth and sun!

Shameem Balakrishnan
School Counselor

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