During the month of December 2016, the elementary guidance counselors gave presentations to all Kindergarten through 4th grade classes, at Athol Community Elementary School, on the Character Theme of Cheerful. The counselors also presented skills to students for respecting human diversity, using art activities, music videos, and information on snowflakes. In addition, students loved singing and dancing to the music video Happy by Pharrell Williams, as a way to express their Cheerful feelings to each other in December.
Students in Mrs. Beaulac’s 4th Grade Class create snowflakes, as part of Mrs. Schwab’s Classroom Guidance presentation on respecting diversity. Students discussed human differences such as skin color, religion, favorite school subjects, favorite after school activities, as well as human similarities, including the fact that we all breathe, we all have a heart that beats, and we all feel hurt and sad if someone says mean words, or does hurtful actions to us.
Students in Mrs. Patriquin’s 1st Grade Class learned about human differences including skin color, race, religion, culture, and we learned to respect each other’s differences with kindness. Students also danced and sang to the music video Happy by Pharrell Williams, at the end of the Classroom Guidance presentation, as a way to learn about the December Character Theme of Cheerful. Mrs. Schwab used the SMART board technology in the classroom to access the song. This music video has become a fast favorite, and constant request by students in the school. Using music videos, dance, singing and movement, allows students to access the Elementary Classroom Guidance Curriculum using various learning styles.
Mrs. Schwab, Elementary Guidance Counselor, read the book, Happy, by Mies Van Hout to Mrs. Arpide’s 2nd Grade Class, as a way to study feelings, and learn about the Character Theme of Cheerful during December. Students then drew pictures on black construction paper with oil pastels of fish feeling all different kinds of feelings. Students learned that we need to respect each other’s feelings, our human differences, and treat each other with kindness and cheerfulness. The students’ drawings are now on display in the first floor display case to the left of the ACES GYM.
More students from Mrs. Arpide’s 2nd Grade class, with pictures of fish feeling different feelings. Mrs. Allen, Paraprofessional Specialist is shown with the students. A fun, learning filled time was had by all!
Pictured above on October 7, 2016, is Mrs. Linda Jaskoviak, Elementary Guidance Counselor, ACES, in the ACES Lobby, with her poster informing students and families about the Character theme for the Month of October, which is: Kindness. October is also National Bullying Prevention Month. In addition, Athol Community Elementary School, and Royalston Community School will be participating in National Unity Day on Wednesday, October 19, 2016. Students, teachers and staff at Athol Community Elementary School are encouraged to wear orange and white on Unity Day. Students, teachers and staff at Royalston Community School are encouraged to wear orange and black on Unity Day. Unity Day is a day that we all remember that we are one human family on this Earth, and that we need to respect each other’s differences. Students are encouraged to do acts of kindness for each other. Unity Day was created by the PACER National Bullying Prevention Center. The link for PACER is: http://www.pacer.org/bullying/nbpm/unity-day.asp
Pictured above are: Mrs. Rachel Schwab, Elementary Guidance Counselor at RCS and ACES, and Mrs. Linda Jaskoviak, Elementary Guidance Counselor at ACES, in front of the Kind Hands and Kind Hearts exhibit in the ACES Cafeteria. Each student in Classroom Guidance lessons traced their hand on orange paper, and then wrote acts of kindness on their hand stencil. The orange paper “hands of kindness” were then put up on a wall in the ACES Cafeteria.
Pictured above is the Kind Hands and Kind Hearts display in the ACES cafeteria. Students learned and practiced acts of kindness in Classroom Guidance presentations during October 2016.
Pictured above are students from Mrs. Arpide’s class practicing helpful and kindness role plays for the class, during a weekly Classroom Guidance presentation by Mrs. Schwab, Elementary Guidance Counselor, during October 2016.
Pictured above from left to right are: Rachel Schwab, Elementary Guidance Counselor, RCS and ACES, Linda Jaskoviak, Elementary Guidance Counselor, ACES, Samantha Englehart, School Adjustment Counselor.
September 8, 2016 ~ The ARRSD Elementary Counselors visited with students and families at ACES Open House at their table in the ACES Cafeteria. They handed out their Elementary Guidance and Counseling Department brochure to families. Parents/guardians were also able to take brochures on the ages and stages of child development at the counselors’ table. A fun time was had by all! Samantha is a new staff member of the Athol-Royalston Regional School District. Welcome Samantha!