December/January Counselor’s Corner

The holiday season is a time of joy and celebration with family and friends, but for some, it can be a time of sadness, loneliness, and increased stress and anxiety. Those experiencing feelings of sadness or stress can benefit from:

  • Increased social support during this time of year.
  • Counseling or support groups.
  • Setting realistic goals and expectations.
  • Exposure to sunlight and outdoor activities.
  • Finding inexpensive ways to enjoy yourself.
  • Helping others.

A special ‘THANK YOU’ to all the community organizations that have helped make the holidays special for Central students and their families!!

In social skills class, kindergarten students have been feeling detectives.  They learned how to identify feelings in themselves and others (i.e. face, body, and situation) and are learning how to manage strong feelings by using a stop signal, naming their feeling, and calming down (e.g. belly breaths, counting, positive self-talk

In 3rd grade, students learned about accepting differences, showing compassion, and managing anxiety.  Over the next several classes, they will learn the steps to problem-solving.

Fourth graders learned how to join in, avoid jumping to conclusions, and are learning the steps to problem-solving.

In 5th grade, students learned how to disagree respectfully,how to calm down, and manage anxiety. We will be learning about making a plan and steps for a smooth transition.