September 25th, 2020
October already…I hope everyone is starting to get into the Christmas spirit!
PLDT has put out a warning that starting today, and for the next 5 days, there will be emergency maintenance occurring and we should expect slow downs during peak traffic times. Please know that we will do the best we can to stay on track. We will understanding that some of our students can expect slow-to-no connection during this period. Always another wrench in the gears…I shared a proverb with the MS faculty earlier this week, and I think I’ll share it with families, too: Smooth seas do not make skillful sailors.
I am excited to say that starting Monday we will be able to have our students and parents borrow books from our school library. Our catalogue is available online, and using login credentials available through the media centre (email@example.com) or homeroom teachers, families can request books for pick up at our drop-off area at the school. Will we not be charging overdue fees, but ask that families please do their best to return books on time so others can enjoy them, too. Please follow this link for detailed instructions.
“If you try to be kind and good, you will be blessed with life, and goodness and honour.” – Proverbs 21:21.
This week’s article is titled “Positive Parenting During a Pandemic” by Dr. Kirsten Bradbury. Bradbury notes that positive parenting requires flexibility, creativity, dedication, and persistence. She cautions against letting stressful times allow you to drift into being too authoritarian or too passive. The article is packed with examples from her own current struggles with her children at home. She says that “life cooped up with children requires deliberate attention to managing our mood”. In sum, this is difficult, it’s on-going, and don’t give up!
Our Quarter 1 is coming to an end. I strongly recommend reminding your children to see BASIS and to work on those assignments that are incomplete or not done.
This week the Middle School Counseling Office continued providing information to students about Online safety and awareness of recent malicious sites and stayed away from. The Anonymous sites on Instagram called Brentshaderoom and another one called sweet.tea.bism. I strongly recommend having a conversation about online safety and inappropriate sites to belong to. Thank you for your support.
- As well during Counseling / Health class Grade 8, we covered this week topic about “Sexuality and Respect”, “Norms”, “Safewarding, Online Protection, Bullying, and Harassment”
- Academic Follow-up has continued and helped them to keep their organization.
Organization Tips for Students:
- Help them to get routines at home: help them to stay consistent day to day and week to week
- Set rules your house: Help them to understand that it is very important to work on daily assignment to avoid the accumulation of work
- Write everything down: Each student was provided with a Planner, helping them to use their planner and write on a whiteboard to help them to remember important assignments.
- Whiteboard & Planner: Set deadlines for assignments or important quizzes.
- Avoid Multitask: Help them to finish one task at a time.
- Use tools to stay organized: Planner, notebook, highlighters( Color Code labels) Google Classroom
- Participation in class: Take notes about your classes.
- Break down a big task into smaller
- Encourage your children to approach their teachers for questions or to attend their remedials
Next Month the counseling assemblies will focus on “Stress, Anxiety, and Depression” I will provide you more information on how it comes along. I would like to share with you an article about “Support for Teens and Young Adults”
Any questions, you can always contact me at our Virtual Counseling Office via Zoom, make an appointment first at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you for all your home support
Middle School Guidance Counselor