Greetings from Mrs. Tatlock, School/Guidance Counselor! Fall 2017






 

Dear MCS Parents, Guardians and Students,


Welcome back to school!   My goal as the school counselor is to help every student to be successful in every way-academically, personally and socially.   To promote positive climate, MCS continues in the 2nd year as a PBIS (Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports) school...and all staff will continue to acknowledge students being "pawsome" by showing our

4 PAWS school rules:  Positive Attitude;  Act Respectfully;  Work Hard;  Safe Choices


All students in grades K-6 will have weekly classroom guidance throughout the school year.  We will cover  a variety of topics, including  working cooperatively as a group, understanding and appropriately expressing feelings, as well as skills around bullying and personal safety.   Throughout the year I will be sending home some information about what we are learning in class. 


The curricula we will be using this year include:  Second Step (Social Emotional Learning) (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/) as well as the Zones of Regulation concepts (Self Regulation/Emotion Management) (http://www.zonesofregulation.com/index.html)


We will begin the school year in September with a “Kindness Rocks at MCS!” school-wide project.  Students are asked to bring in small, smooth rocks that can fit in their hands to be painted with inspirational messages of kindness.  The rocks will then be placed in various locations where students and staff can take one, leave one or give one away.  We are also asking for donations of sharpie markers, acrylic paints, small brushes that can be used for the project.  Thank you in advance!  


In addition to weekly guidance, I will also be providing small groups on specific topics throughout the school year.   Some of these groups will include friendship, family support through changes, worry/stress, anger management/emotion regulation, “lunch bunch” and other specific topics as needed.    I am also available to check in with children for individual counseling support at any time when they may need some extra help, and for parent meetings as needed.


I am also 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.



Carolyn M. Tatlock, M.S.

Monkton Central School Counselor (Tuesday-Friday)

(802) 453-2314 x3019  or ctatlock@anesu.org



Classroom Guidance Schedule

2017-2018


Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday


Gadhue 1

9:50-10:30


O'Sullivan 5/6

8:20-9:00

Livingston 1

9:50-10:30

Foley 3/4

12:45-1:25

McLane 3/4

12:45-1:25


Kuzio 3/4
12:45-1:25
Lynch K
2:15-2:55

Carter 2

2:15-2:55

Pierpont 5/6

2:15-2:55




   


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