Mrs. Van Dyke's Voice
Angst Screening March 18th
Light Farms Elementary-Parent Book Study-Begins January 16th at 9:00 am
Light Farms Elementary will be starting their Parent Book Study on Thursday, January 16th at 9:00am. The book that we will be reviewing together is The 5 Love Languages of Children by Gary Chapman, PhD. and Ross Campbell, MD. Mrs. Shannon Dusza, our Parent Education Representative, will be leading this study. If you are interested in viewing the book or purchasing it, please click here. We hope you are able to join us! If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to me firstname.lastname@example.org. We will be meeting the Community Room at Light Farms Elementary.
What Is Guidance?
March Guidance-Conflict Resolution
This month the students will learn that everyone has conflicts from time to time. However, most students need to learn the art of solving problems peacefully. Our classroom discussions will focus on conflicts students commonly have and then role-playing how to solve those problems.
Play It Safe-Anti-Victimization Program
This year I will present Play It Safe to the students in K-4 grade. Our 2nd grade students are the first group to receive the presentation on Monday, September 9th. If you have any questions, or concerns please reach out to Mrs. Van Dyke at 469-219-2147 or email me at email@example.com. The schedule for the other grade levels that will be viewing this program is as follows:
- 1st grade-September 25th
- Kindergarten-October 3rd
- 4th Grade-March 4th
- 3rd Grade-March 26th
Elementary Counseling Survey for Parents
Please take a moment to let us know how we can better support the students and families of Light Farms Elementary. The survey is linked below. Your feedback is very much appreciated! Have a wonderful weekend!
August 16, 2019
Meet the Counselor
My name is Jill Van Dyke and I am so excited to be the counselor at Light Farms Elementary. This is my third year at Light Farms Elementary and my 20th year in education. I am originally from the southern suburbs of Chicago. My family moved to McKinney, TX 13 years ago. I have been married to my husband, Pete, for 26 years. We have two wonderful daughters, Alyssa and Samantha. My oldest daughter, Alyssa, is a teacher and my youngest daughter, Samantha, is a senior at the University of Arkansas. We also have 3 dogs that keep us very busy.
I wanted to share with you how I support the students, staff and families of Light Farms Elementary. I am so excited that I get to visit each class about every 6 weeks to provide guidance lessons. Topics that will be covered this year are: diversity, goal setting, conflict resolution, compassion/empathy and grit. I really love going into classrooms and spending time getting to know the students better.
As the school counselor, I also provide small group and individual counseling. Small groups are formed based on the needs of the students. Parents can reach out to me if they feel their child would benefit from a small group or teachers may recommend students for small groups. Any child recommended for a small group, will bring home a permission slip to be signed before attending the small group. Small groups usually meet once a week for 30 minutes. The approximate time frame for groups is about 4-6 weeks. There are a variety of small group topics: divorce, friendship, social skills, anxiety, and conflict resolution. Sometimes students may be having a hard day or they may be dealing with something challenging, when this occurs their teacher and I will work out a good time during the day for me to check in with them. For these situations a permission slip is not required to visit with me.
It is going to be an amazing year! Please reach out to me by phone or email with any concerns.
Jill Van Dyke
School Counselor-Light Farms Elementary
Social Emotional Learning
You may be wondering what is social emotional learning. Social and emotional learning (SEL) provides a foundation for safe and positive learning, and enhances students' ability to succeed in school, careers, and life. At Light Farms Elementary we are very committed to providing a warm, safe and nurturing environment for students to learn. This year we want to put into action some of the wonderful strategies we learned from Momentous Institute to foster a rich social and emotional learning environment. Ways in which we plan on supporting and increasing social emotional learning are through daily morning meetings, teaching students about how their brain works, teaching breathing strategies to help students regulate their emotions, and mindfulness. If you have questions about social emotional learning please feel free to reach out to me. Here is a short video clip that explains why social emotional learning is so important for students.