October Newsletter

Hello.  This Friday, October 6th will be assembly day.  Each grade level will have a different assembly.  The 6th graders will be having a talk about Outdoor Education next week!  7th graders will be having an empathy assembly and 8th graders will be hearing about high school from our Crocker alumni.
Below is the information covered in  each assembly
6th Grade:
Presentation by Outdoor Education program.
Below are some things that the Cabin Leaders have been working on to prepare for this trip:
Understand what causes homesickness.
Homesickness comes from the human need for connection, love, and security. Despite its name, your feelings of “homesickness” might not have anything to do with your actual home. Anything that is familiar, stable, comfortable, and positive can be a source of homesickness when you’re away from it.

Recognize homesickness symptoms. Homesickness is much more than just missing “home.” It can cause a variety of feelings and side-effects that can impact your daily functioning. Learning to recognize these symptoms can help you figure out why you’re feeling the way you are and take action to help.[6]

·         Nostalgia. Nostalgia is when you frequently think about your home or familiar things and people, usually through an idealized lens. You might feel preoccupied by thoughts about home, or find yourself constantly comparing your new situation unfavorably to your old one.[7]

·         Common signs of homesickness- include feelings of sadness, feeling disoriented or like you “don’t belong,” withdrawing from social activities, feeling helpless or abandoned, experiencing low self-esteem, and changes in your sleeping patterns.

·         Anxiety. Anxiety is also a hallmark of homesickness. Anxiety due to homesickness may cause obsessive thoughts, especially about the home or people you miss. You might also have difficulty concentrating or feel extremely stressed without being able to pinpoint a cause. You might get easily irritated or “snap” at people in your new situation.

·         Abnormal behaviors. Feeling homesick can throw you off your normal routines and change the way you respond to things. For example, if you’re not usually an angry person but you find yourself getting upset or yelling more than you used to, this could be a sign that you’re feeling homesick. You might also eat significantly more or less than you usually do. Other symptoms include frequent headaches or experiencing more pain or illness than usual.

How to Help

1. Be sympathetic: Assure your student that this is normal—(it is)—and that it will pass—(it will). You could even share your own experience–or that of an older sibling–of being homesick.

2. Hide your own extreme emotions: try to keep the conversation as positive as possible.

3. Encourage involvement: A homesick student may not feel like getting out there, joining in, or socializing, but those are exactly the things that will help them overcome their feelings.

4. Stay busy: Getting involved in activities that interest your student will help.  Make sure during down time they are busy.

7th Grade: 

Objective: Students will be able to examine ways of showing compassion through watching and discussing video clips.

Inspire: Ask students to provide examples of what it means to show compassion/emapthy to others.

Empower: Show students a selection of the following clips:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aU3QfyqvHk8 (definition of empathy from students)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fFqIZP4Yb64 (examples of what others are going through)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UEDBnKahuNs (Girls Softball Miracle)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hzgzim5m7oU (Power of Words)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y_3BEwpv0dM (Feeding the Hungry, Nourishing the Soul)

https://vimeo.com/140463379 (Joshua’s Heart Foundation)

Act: Discuss the videos. What do they show about kindness/empathy? How can our words and actions show compassion/empathy? Have students commit to showing kindness and compassion in the ways described in the videos or in other ways they come up with as a group.

Share: Have students reflect on their experience of showing compassion toward others. What was easy? What was difficult? How can they make the strategies a daily practice?

8th Grade:

High School Students speak about the following topics:

  •          Their Name
  •          What school they attend
  •          1 or 2 things that are great about their school
  •          Tips for high school (i.e get involved in school activities, email teachers when you have a question, stay on top of assignment due dates, etc)

Questions from our 8th graders about high school

Friday will be an exciting day for our students!  As always, if you have any questions or concerns please contact me.  Thanks.

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