posted Jun 3, 2019, 10:25 AM by Designer Stevie Remsberg

THE BUZZ..... 

June 3, 2019

Dear Families,

Wow, it’s already June!??! It’s been such an amazing year at The Earth School. It’s my favorite time to visit classrooms as children bring the pieces of learning together and express their classroom studies through writing, projects, art, and rich discussions.

Family Conferences are scheduled for next week. At June Conferences, teachers and students share collections of student work to see the year’s accomplishments. Formats vary by class, but please be sure to sign up in front of the classroom or by email. Evening times are available in all classes. ALL of your child’s teachers and service providers (speech, ot, pt, guidance) are available and eager to meet with you to discuss your child’s progress. Don’t forget to meet with Tim (tim@thearthschool.org), Emmy (Emmy@theearthschool.org), and Vince (vince@theearthschool.org).

The approach of the summer vacation brings many emotions for each of us. There are feelings of excitement and anticipation, but also loss and anxiety about moving to new situations, such as new classes and, for some, new middle schools. When children experience these mixed emotions, they may behave in ways that adults find confusing. We might see some regression, detachment, disorganization, and, even, physical aggression. End-of-year rituals, sticking with predictable schedules and routines, and inviting children to express themselves are important ways to help them stay centered and secure. In responding to unwanted behaviors, we suggest using “Reflective Technique,” in which adults help children make connections to underlying causes, “Sometimes kids get worried at the end of year and their feelings come out in _____.” “I’m going to make sure everyone is safe, but if you are feeling worried or angry about saying goodbye, you may ___ (draw, write, talk about it, etc.)” Older children can be invited to discuss their mixed feelings when adult shares their own conflicting feelings about an approaching change. Remember that these behaviors and reactions are temporary!

Welcome back to Guidance Counselor, Shirley Suares!!

All for now!