My Body Belongs to Me!

Students in grades K-5 learned about body safety and personal safety this month.  Students in the younger grades watched this video called “My Body Belongs to Me!”  We encourage you to view this video again with your children and discuss this important topic with them.  You can review the three touching rules:

It is never all right for someone to touch your private body parts except to keep you clean and healthy.

If someone breaks the touching rule, say “No!” and run away.

Tell a trusted adult. If that adult doesn’t help you, keep telling until you get the help you need and deserve.

Personal Safety

Dear ES Parents:

In the month of November and December the counseling team will be covering the topic of Personal Safety; this is an important life skill, giving children information relevant to them, teaching and practicing skills to handle the information, and building their self-esteem so that they feel confident to use those skills. Our safety lessons will begin on November 20th.

Our lessons will consist of the following:

Counselors will help the students define “private body parts”. These are the parts of the body covered by their bathing suits.

Counselors will teach the students the three touching rules.

It is never all right for someone to touch your private body parts except to keep you clean and healthy.

If someone breaks the touching rule, say “No!” and run away.

Tell a trusted adult. If that adult doesn’t help you, keep telling until you get the help you need and deserve.

Counselors will inform the students that it is never their fault if someone else touches their private body parts.

We thank you for your support in teaching your child about personal safety. Please take time to open up conversation around this important topic with your children. Here are some conversation starters that you might find helpful:

Let your child hear the safety rules from you as well as from the counselors.

Please give your children the actual vocabulary for their private body parts as this helps them better understand the rules.

Please ask your child to practice saying “No!” with you.

Help your child to identify trusted adults in his/her life.

Here are some book titles that you may wish to read with your child:

* The Trouble With Secrets by Karen Johnson
* The Right Touch by Sandy Kleven
* It’s My Body by Lory Freeman
* Protect Your Child From Sexual Abuse: A Parent’s Guide by Jane Hart-Rossi
* My Body Is Private by Linda Walvoord Girard
* Mia’s Secret by Peter Ledwon and Marilyn Mets

The following are some websites, which offer resources and have more information about personal safety:

www.cfchildren.org
www.safekids.com
www.unicef.org/crc

Once again we thank you for your continued support of the elementary guidance program. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact your child’s grade level counselor.

Warmly,

ES Puxi Counselors:

Amanda Fischer: PK-1 grades
Joseph Hill: 2-3 grades
Faith Ro: 4-5 grades

The Significant Seven

According to Adlerians, every human being wants to feel capable, needed and a sense of belonging.  Typically we learn from those who have preceded us and the valuable tools which are essential for a successful, fulfilling life.

The perceptions and skills necessary for self-reliance and effective living require development and maintenance according to Jane Nelson.  Nelson, the author of Raising Self Reliant Children in a Self-Indulgent World, names these assets as “the Significant Seven.”

Universal research reveals that children who become successful adults possess the following abilities.

  1. I am confident of my personal capability when faced with challenges.
  2. I believe I am personally significant and make meaningful contributions.
  3. I have a positive influence over my life; I take responsibility for my choices.
  4. I have strong intrapersonal skills and I manage my emotions through self-awareness and self-discipline.
  5. I have strong interpersonal skills and I am able to effectively communicate, negotiate, and empathize with others.
  6. I am able to adapt with flexibility and integrity, I have strong systemic skills.
  7. I have well developed judgment skills and able to make decisions with integrity.

Strengthening these areas will allow children to create a solid base of personal resources and assets.  Nelson suggests that it is the main objective of parenting and states, “Young people who strongly believe they are capable of initiating learning and change in their lives have significance, and that no matter what circumstances they encounter, they have the capacity within themselves to influence how they respond and live in the face of them usually live by intent and action and are therefore much less vulnerable.”

Many ideas to help children develop the Significant Seven Perceptions and Skills can be found in the book, Raising Self Reliant Children in a Self-Indulgent World by H. Stephen Glenn and Jane Nelsen.

Welcome to the 2015-16 School Year!

A warm, friendly welcome to all our new students and their families. Welcome back to our returning students. It is our hope that you’ve all had a safe, relaxing summer. May this year be your best school year yet!

There are two new faces among the SAS elementary counseling team – Ms. Amanda Fischer is the early childhood counselor. Ms. Faith Ro is the new 4th & 5th  grade counselor. While Mr. Hill remains the 2nd & 3rd grade counselor.  Please learn more about your counselors by checking out the ‘Meet the Counselors’ tab on the right.

All of the counselors will be focusing on transition for the first few weeks of school. New student groups begin the week of  August 17th;  Counselors are also available to assist all of our students – new and returning – with their transition into a new grade. Please check back on this web site for more details.

As you begin the new school year, remember it is important to have a good night’s sleep and to eat a proper breakfast each and every day.  Know that the faculty and staff are working very hard to help students settle into the daily routines and to feel comfortable in their new learning environment so that this really can be your child’s best academic year yet!

Ms. Ro (Grades 4 & 5)
Mr. Hill (Grades 2 & 3)
Ms. Fischer ( PK, K, & Grade 1)