Welcome to the 2016-2017 School Year
It’s Magnificent March!
We hope you all enjoyed the February vacation and got to spend some quality time with your children and family. March marks the beginning of spring and sunny days to come! It is also a long month for students as they prepare for testing, and don’t have any extra holiday breaks during the month! It’s important to keep your children motivated to do well in school and at home. Here are several strategies to help keep your child motivated:
Ask about what he's learning in school, not about his grades or test scores. Have him teach you what he learned in school today — putting the lesson into his own words will help him retain what he learned.
Help your child organize her school papers and assignments so she feels in control of her work. If her task seems too daunting, she'll spend more time worrying than learning.
Encourage him to express his opinion, talk about his feelings, and make choices. He can pick out a dish to go with dinner and select his own extracurricular activities. Ask for his input on family decisions, and show that you value it.
Show enthusiasm for your child's interests and encourage her to explore subjects that fascinate her. If she's a horse nut, offer her stories about riding or challenge her to find five facts about horses in the encyclopedia.
Provide him with play opportunities that support different kinds of learning styles- from listening and visual learning to sorting and sequencing. He'll need lots of unstructured play time to explore them.
Point out the new things you learn with enthusiasm. Discuss the different ways you find new information.
Celebrate achievements, no matter how small. Completing a book report calls for a special treat; finishing a book allows your child an hour of video games. Offering positive reinforcement will inspire him to keep learning and challenging himself.
Focus on strengths, encouraging developing talents. Even if she didn't ace her math test, she may have written a good poem in English class. In addition to a workbook for math practice, give her a writing journal.
Turn everyday events into learning opportunities. Provide many opportunities for children and adults to explore together and interact directly.
The character traits we are focusing on this month are Accepting a loss graciously, Having a positive outlook/attitude, Resisting negative peer pressure, and Appropriately dealing with frustration. Students learn about these social skills through daily school wide morning announcements. Please continue to reinforce these traits at home with your children by asking what they hear during morning announcements, and engaging in conversations to build on skills that they are learning.
Mrs. Michel and Mrs. Gilbarg
Welcome to February!
The character traits we are working on this month are Completing Homework, Having Good Transitions, Accepting Others/Showing Tolerance, and Accepting a Win Graciously. Students learn about these social skills through daily school wide morning announcements. Please continue to talk about and reinforce these traits at home with your children.
We are so excited about Open Circle, a comprehensive social and emotional learning program that several classrooms across grades 1-5 will begin piloting this month. This curriculum supports children in developing the skills they need to be successful learners, solve problems and build healthy relationships. Lesson topics include listening, including one another, cooperating, problem solving, getting calm, positive self-talk and more. We appreciate your continued support in bringing this curriculum to Silvia by allowing your child to participate in $1 hat days!
Looking for ways to keep your children busy during February vacation?
Check out the Fall River Public Library’s website for free events and discounted museum and aquarium passes.
February 6-10th is National School Counselor’s week. We feel so fortunate to work with the amazing students, parents, families and teachers here at Silvia. As always, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us at any point if we can provide support for your child.
Mrs. Michel and Mrs. Gilbarg
Happy New Year Silvia Students and Families!
We hope you were able to spend the break doing things that make you happy. During the break we were able to reflect on all the things that 2016 brought us. Reflecting on the past year allowed us to start thinking about some goals that we wanted to set in 2017. Goal setting isn’t just for ourselves, it is a topic that we will spend some time on in January with your children as well. We believe it is extremely important to think about the things that you would like to see for yourself and then put an achievable plan in place. During groups and mini-lessons we will do just that! At home, try to work together with your child(ren) to help them create one personal goal that will help him/her be successful at home and or in the community.
In December, we began piloting a social emotional program with Mrs. Parker’s, Miss Taylor’s, and Mrs. Halloran’s classes. The program is called Open Circle, and is led by the classroom teacher to help the students create a safe and comfortable community to have grade appropriate discussions and learn new strategies for dealing with social emotional issues. This ties in perfectly with one of our goals for 2017 - the help students improve their social emotional learning, wellbeing and skills.
The character traits we are focusing on this month are Disagreeing Appropriately, Staying on Task, Giving/Receiving Compliments, Expressing Empathy/Understanding Others, and Completing Homework. Please continue to talk to your children about the weekly character traits and reinforce them at home with your children!
Mrs. Gilbarg and Mrs. Michel
We hope you all had a wonderful and relaxing Thanksgiving holiday. We would like to extend a heartwarming thank you to the United Way of Greater Fall River, Bristol County Savings Bank, Stop and Shop, Shaws and to all students and families who donated canned and boxed goods last month. With your help we were able to prepare numerous Thanksgiving food baskets for families.
During the month of December we will be working on the school wide character traits of never giving up on difficult tasks, having appropriate boundaries and disagreeing appropriately. Children continue to receive daily character trait lessons during morning announcements. Looking for a good book to read with your child? Check out the book The Most Magnificent Thing by Ashley Spires. This book reinforces the importance of never giving up on difficult tasks and having perseverance.
Tips for Making the Holiday Season Stress-Free!
Prepare your child for unknown situations
Set clear expectations
Stick to your routines
Listen to your child’s cues
Slow down and enjoy family time
Mrs. Michel & Mrs. Gilbarg
Can you believe it’s already November? It feels like school just started! As the holiday season is approaching we want to extend each and every one of our Silvia School families a heartfelt “Thank you” for all that you do! Please know that we really appreciate your efforts of getting your child(ren) to school each and every day on time, as well as having them well prepared for a long school day by ensuring that they get a good night's sleep and wake up feeling good and ready for the day.
This time of year is a wonderful time to talk to your child(ren) about giving thanks and
perhaps discussing with them how they can show thankfulness and kindness to others. Here are a few great way to help instill thankfulness in children:
Ask your children about the highs and lows of their school day. What went well? What went right? Focus on appreciating the positive.
Thank your children often, even if they’re doing required chores or activities you requested of them. Let them know you notice and appreciate their effort!
Say “thank you” to your spouse, your friends, and your family in the presence of your children.
Generate an attitude of giving. Ask your children to gather and donate old toys or clothes to other children who may be in need.
Encourage your children to write or draw thank you notes or pictures to friends, family, teachers, etc.
Point out how others have helped your children – someone holding the door open, a friend helping your child tie his/her shoe, a teacher giving extra time to make sure your child understood the lesson, etc.
Character Trait of the Week
We are continuing to work on our school wide character traits. We recognize that your children are working hard on displaying good behavior in the hallways, cafeteria, bathroom and inside their classrooms. Our goal is that every child will have the opportunity to be recognized as a Silvia STAR student of the week! We encourage families to follow along with our character traits so we can work together to help instill these lifelong values throughout their day and night.
Character Traits for the month of November
October 31: Being a good sport
November 7: Active listener
November 14: Waiting your turn/having patience
November 21: Helping others
November 28: Helping others
We look forward to working with you this year!
-Mrs. Michel & Mrs. Gilbarg
School Adjustment Counselors
Who are the SAC’s at Silvia?
Mrs. Kristina Michel and Mrs. Missy Gilbarg are both full time school adjustment counselors working with students across all grade levels.
Here are a few of the ways we work with students…
Classroom Mini Lessons
We visit classrooms across grade levels and teach lessons on various social skills; including the character trait of the week, making and keeping friends, bullying, self-esteem building, coping skills and more!
Small Group Counseling
We facilitate small groups, lunch bunches and snack chats for students who may benefit from a little extra support in certain areas.
We meet with students on a short-term basis to work through problems that may be affecting their academic performance. Students can request to see us by asking their teacher. Parents and teachers may also request for students to see us.
Consultation with Parents/Guardians/Teachers
Please feel free to contact us by phone, email or stop by the main office to schedule an appointment.
We can be reached by phone at 508-675-9811
or by email firstname.lastname@example.org
Referrals to Community Resources
We have connections with many local agencies. Let us know how we can help!
Character Trait of the Week
Each day during morning announcements, students learn about the school wide character trait of the week through short lessons, poetry, and whole class shoutouts. A list of weekly traits is posted on the school adjustment counselor webpage as well as in your child’s school planner. Classroom teachers nominate one student each week for displaying exemplary behavior for the weekly character trait. These students have their name displayed outside their classroom door for all to see and are honored at an assembly at the end of each trimester. Our goal is that every child will have the opportunity to be recognized as a Silvia STAR student of the week!
Character Traits for the month of October
October 3: Following instructions
October 10: Appropriate manners in the cafeteria
October 17: Appropriately gaining teacher’s attention
October 24: Contributing to a discussion
October 31: Being a good sport
Please reinforce these traits at home with your child(ren)!
We look forward to working with you this year! -Mrs. Michel & Mrs. Gilbarg
Elementary School Counselors help children...
Treat others kindly
Show respect for the feelings of others
Understand the decision-making process
Maintain positive relationships with peers and adults
Gain an understanding of the world of work
Develop effective study skills
Develop effective communication skills
Be prepared to make the transition to middle school
Character Traits and our Anti-bullying Efforts
Every day at Silvia School we start out with a positive message and ways to build character traits, like caring & sharing, responsibility, showing courage or empathy as well as acceptance and diligence.
With this ongoing character education we hope to teach students about essential life skills and values that go beyond the school building. As Martin Luther King Jr. says "Intelligence plus character, that is the true goal of true education."
We further enhance these pro-social skills by recognizing students weekly as Silvia Weekly Stars. These students will have their picture displayed in a frame that hangs outside their classroom door for all to see.
Remember, as our gym teacher Mrs.Mahjoory says:"Team work makes the dream work". Together we can unify our school and optimize our students' chances of developing solid character not only in school, but in life!
"TEAM WORK MAKES THE DREAM WORK!!!"
What do you know about being a bully? Possible signs of being a bully (Olweus, 1993).
(These are not sure signs of a child being a bully. A child may be or may not be a bully even if they do or do not fit into these categories.)
· The child teases repeatedly in a nasty way · Along with teasing there is pushing, kicking, excluding, hitting, and damaging of belongings of defenseless students · Physically stronger than their classmates · Desires to dominate or subdue other children · Are hot-tempered and easily angered · Oppositional and defiant to adults and may even frighten adults · Seen by other students as tough and show little empathy for victimized students · Not anxious or insecure and generally have a positive view of themselves · Engage in anti-social behavior at an early age · Have support from at least a small number of students in the class
Tips for parents of kids who bully (Olweus, 1993) · Make it clear to your child that you take bullying seriously and you will not tolerate any such behavior in the future · Work with your child in developing a set of family rules that have specific punishment, excluding corporal punishment, for breaking the rules and appropriate praise and appreciation for following the rules. · Since bullying occurs when adults are not around or when they are not aware of what the children are doing, you should get to know who your child's friends are, what they are doing, and spend time with the child. · Develop common positive experiences between you and your child and learn more about your child's personality in order to gain the trust of your child. This will lead to your child being more inclined to listen to you. Help your child develop positive talents such as sports (football, ice hockey, soccer) to enable them to use their aggression and strength in a positive way and learn TEAMWORK!
For any additional information you can speak to one of us
Here are some great books on character development: