Tips for school success

Here we are in October already.

In this month’s articles, you will find you will find tips on homework, time management, working with teachers and community resources. Hopefully, you might find something that helps you and your elementary school child. If you are to starting notice changes in their attitude about school, there is a good read below. Videos for your enjoyment as well.

Everything is clickable and don’t forget to browse the families and teen sites too. I hope you all have a nice October!


Linda Campbell

School Counselor Update

social emotional learning tips and resources

Each month of the school year, parents will receive helpful tips, strategies, activities and resources to support children at home. Family and school can work together to improve children’s social emotional learning skills. These skills lead to school and life success. The we@sel flyer is an easy read on smartphones and tablets. When parents are engaged and teachers supported, kids are better able to learn. It feels like fall out there!
Please check out the flyers below:

This Year Feels Different: Dealing with Uncertainty about Back to School

There is always a nice certainty for families in going back to school in early September. Most parents and kids are excited about a new school year, entering a new grade or school for the first time. As we approach the end of summer holidays, parents, children and staff are wondering when the “first day back” will be.

The only constant in life seems that it will involve change. Trusting that whatever happens, you can adapt and make the best of it. Here are some strategies for you and your children to prepare for the different possibilities.

Replace expectations with plans.
Expecting the best but planning for the worst is usually helpful. Backup plans
for work, daycare, and activities are very important.

Prepare for different possibilities.
Stay tuned for the latest news from radio, your parent advisory council and school.

Make the best of a challenging situation.
Sometimes it’s easy to get lost in the “feelings” of uncertainty and become anxious or negative. You may not be able to predict the future but it does help to foster any positive feelings about it the possibilities and know that “this too shall pass”.

Be confident about your coping and adapting skills.
I have always found kids to be remarkably resilient, especially when the parents appear to be coping.

Use your stress reduction techniques early.
If you’re dealing with uncertainty, you probably have stress in your body, even if it’s not at the forefront of your thoughts in this exact moment. Incorporate stress reduction techniques into your day.

Focus on what you can control.
Often times, we overlook the little things we can do to make life easier while obsessing about the big things we can’t do. Developing a plan and being adaptable will help.

There will be a First Day of School and I always find it exciting!

adapted from Lori Deschene

Linda Campbell
School Counsellor

School Counselor Newsletter

Mental Health Week, May 5 – 11, 2014


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Tip—Grieving children will remember any effort you make to support and care for them.
Although we may not think of certain changes as loss, many children experience things like saying goodbye to a favorite teacher at the end of the year, moving to a new house, or acquiring a new sibling as losses.
When something more traumatic occurs, like a death or a divorce, the loss is more obvious and we expect grieving behavior.  How will this affect them? How can adults in their lives help them process their feelings and ease the transition?

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Are you making the most of report card talks?


Maybe your child’s report card is great. Maybe its worse than you had feared. Whatever the report card says, it provides a great chance to talk with your child about school and study habits.


Answer yes or no to the questions below to see if you are making the most of report card talks:


___1. Do you take the report card seriously and set aside time      to talk about it?


___2. Do you ask your child if she agrees with the grades and      why or why not?

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Helping Kids Cope with Cliques

Helping Kids Cope with Cliques
imagesq.jpgYour 10-year-old daughter comes home crying because the girls she’s been friends with are suddenly leaving her out and spreading rumors about her. She’s confused because it seemed to happen out of the blue. She doesn’t know what she did wrong and is nervous about returning to school, unsure if she has any friends. You’re unsure how to help her –  you’ve heard a lot about kids being snubbed or teased at school, but you didn’t think it could happen to your outgoing, fun kid.
Cliques are often at their most intense in grades 6 – 9 but problems with cliques can start as early as 4th and 5th grades.
  • How Parents Can Help
  • As kids navigate friendships and cliques, there’s plenty parents can do to offer support. If your child seems upset, or suddenly spends time alone when usually very social, ask about it.
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Parents, Something New!

At the tip of your fingers is  Pinterest.

You can easily search out resources, tips and activities on Pinterest to help you move through the challenges and joys of the elementary and high school years.  Please check out links to sites on conflict resolution, school anxiety, loss and grief, self-esteem, developing friendships, community resources and more.  If you have any favourite sites let me know!

November 13, Wednesday is World Kindness Day.  
The Random Acts of Kindness link on our parent57 Pinterest Board gives simple ideas of how to be involved with your kids.

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Parent Engagement Newsletter

It’s Element@ry    October 25, 2013
Problems at School?  What’s a Parent to Do?

Linda Campbell, School Counsellor

At some point as a parent, you will likely be faced with the dreaded email from your child’s teacher telling you that your kid has crossed the line and that you need to come in for another conference—or the principal will call to tell you that your teen has missed the last week of school altogether, unbeknownst to you. Maybe you’ve discovered that your child’s grades have plunged from acceptable to barely passing. What’s a parent to do?  Carol Banks, MSW

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Social Media – What are Your Kids Doing?

Sites and Apps Kids Are Heading to After Facebook
Remember MySpace? Not so long ago, practically every teen in the world was on it –- and then many left for Facebook. Now,as Facebook’s popularity among teens is starting to wane, you might be wondering what the new “it” social network is. But the days of a one-stop shop for all social networking needs are over. Instead, teens are dividing their attention between an array of apps and tools that let them write, share, video chat, and even shop for the latest trends.
Knowing the basics — what they are, why they’re popular, and the problems that can crop up when they’re not used responsibly — can make the difference between a positive and negative experience for your kid.



Most Popular!  

Pheed is best described as a hybrid of Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube — except that you can require others to pay a premium to access your personal channel.

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Tips for a Great School Year 2013 – 2014

Tips for a Great School Year       2013 – 2014
?Keep a Family Calendar ?
Be sure to get the school year calendar and post it in a visible spot. Note parent-teacher conference dates, report card distribution dates, and other school events. Record them into your personal calendar too. ??Focus on Friendship ?
When a child feels a sense of belonging and connectedness to his environment, he will learn and develop with greater ease and comfort. ??Look for Extra-Curricular Activities
However, parents beware: Do not overschedule your child (and yourself) to the point of stress and exhaustion. ??Spend Some Time at School ?
Most teachers and principals are delighted to have parents lend a hand in the classroom and around the school.It provides an additional sense of connectedness to strengthen their village of care and support. ??Create Two-Way Communication ?After checking to see whether your child has accurately completed her homework, take a moment to initial the agenda or school planner to let her teacher know you have reviewed the work. Write a comment or ask a question.
?Read the School Newsletter ?
This shows your interest in the school community and your willingness to be a part of that connection. Be sure to read the School Handbook. ??Develop Healthy Habits ?Good physical health, proper nutrition, and enough sleep are the most important elements for school success. ?
One More Thing ?Enjoy yourself, the years go by fast!   Trish Dolanski Continue reading “Tips for a Great School Year 2013 – 2014”