Dear MCS Parents, Guardians and Students,
Welcome back to school! I have had a wonderful summer filled with camping, swimming, reading and playing my french horn in both Vergennes City Band and Bristol Band. I am "pawsitively" excited to be at MCS for my 2nd year. I really enjoy working in a small community school where we all work together to help children be successful in every way-academically, personally and socially. This year, Monkton has become a PBIS (Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports) school...and all staff are going to be working extra hard to catch students being "pawsome" by showing our 4 PAWS school rules:
This year grades K-6 will have weekly classroom guidance throughout the school year. We will be covering a wide variety of topics, including working cooperatively as a group, understanding and appropriately expressing feelings, as well as skills around bullying and personal safety. We will continue to use the Second Step Curriculum (http://www.cfchildren.org/second-step) in all grades to build our knowledge of social skills and problem solving. In addition, MCS students will learn about Kelso's Choices (http://kelsoschoice.com/community/parent-page/), an effective problem solving curriculum for use at both home and school. Kelso has 9 ideas for solving small problems and teaches students to get an adult for a BIG (scary or dangerous) problem. We will also be using a wonderful research based curriculum called MindUp! (http://thehawnfoundation.org/mindup/). With MindUp!, we will be learning about the brain and how we can focus our attention using our mindfulness skills, in addition to practicing empathy skills, choosing happiness and appreciating and expressing kindness. Throughout the year I will be sending home some information about what we are learning in class.
I will also be providing small groups on specific topics throughout the school year at each grade level. Some of these groups will include friendship, family support through changes, worry/stress, anger management/emotion regulation, “lunch bunch” and other topics as needed. I am also available to check in with individual children when they may need some extra support for both smaller and bigger issues. In addition, I am also available to schedule parent meetings about your child’s school program or any other concerns that may arise about school and home.
Last year I also became the Monkton Mentors Program Coordinator. This program is offered to Monkton students in grades K-6 and provides them with a carefully screened and trained adult mentor from the community to meet once weekly for lunch and recess time. "Mentoring Matches" play games, do crafts, go for walks and generally just enjoy the individual time and attention together. Please ask me more about this wonderful program for your child.
Please feel free to contact me if you would like more information about our classes, small groups or individual support. I can be reached Tuesday-Friday by phone at 453-2314, extension 3019 or by email at email@example.com. I am looking forward to getting to know you and your child.
Carolyn M. Tatlock, M.S.
Monkton Central School Counselor
Classroom Guidance Schedule