Welcome to the 2016-2017 School Year



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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.  


Kindest wishes,


Mrs. Michel and Mrs. Gilbarg


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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.


Kindest wishes,


Mrs. Michel and Mrs. Gilbarg


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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!


Warmest Wishes,


Mrs. Gilbarg and Mrs. Michel


December 2016


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.


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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



Warmest regards,


Mrs. Michel & Mrs. Gilbarg


November 2016


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.

Individual Counseling

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 kmichel@fallriverschools.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:








Character Traits 


Sept 12

Greeting  others

Sept 19

Joining in/starting a conversation

Sept 26

Being prepared for class

Oct 3

Following instructions

Oct 10

Appropriate manners in the cafeteria

Oct 17

Appropriately gaining teacher’s attention

Oct 24

Contributing to discussion

Oct 31

Being a good sport

Nov 7

Active listener

Nov 14

Waiting your turn/having patience

Nov 21

Helping others

Nov 28

Helping others

Dec 5

Never giving up on difficult tasks

Dec 12

Having appropriate boundaries

Dec  19

Disagreeing appropriately

Jan 2

Disagreeing appropriately

Jan 9

Staying on task

Jan 16

Giving/Receiving compliments

Jan 23

Expressing empathy/understanding others

Jan 30

Completing homework

Feb 6

Having good transitions

Feb 13

Accepting others/showing tolerance

Feb 27

Accepting a win graciously

March 6

Accepting a loss graciously

March 13

Having a positive attitude/outlook

March 20

Resisting negative peer pressure

March 27

Appropriately dealing with frustration

April 3

Appropriate behavior in the hallways

April 10

Being flexible

April 24

Interrupting appropriately

May 1

Working to your full potential

May 8

Using an appropriate tone of voice

May 15 Being kind to others
May 22 Showing/having respect
May 29 Following routine
June 5 Appropriately managing your feelings
June 12 Working together as a team



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Several classrooms are implementing Open Circle.

Open Circle is an Evidenced Based Social Emotional Learning Program

It's designed to:

- Proactively develop students skills for recognizing and managing emotions, empathy, positive relationships and problem solving

- Help develop classroom and school communities where students feel safe, cared for and engaged in learning

For more information check out




  • Parent Resources;


For Students

What is a counselor?

PreK- 3 Fun

Time Magazine

Fun Brain

Reading is Fun


Helpful tips:

Avoiding Drama

· Find some friends who don’t get involved in or cause drama.

· If the person keeps bugging you, say “I don’t want to get into the drama this year, OK?!”         

· If a good friend is causing drama and tries to tell you about it, tell her/him: “I don’t want to get involved in the problem.”

· Make sure to pass up on people who try to drag you into the drama…They will realize the reasons why we don’t want to participate in hurting others.


 Be an Active Listener

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Parents can make a referral for individual or group counseling services by signing a release here -parent permission form  , in person or phone.