Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Mindfulness in May

For the month of May, counseling lessons are focusing on learning the concept of mindfulness. This comes right in time as our 3rd-5th graders are taking their second session of MCAS. Students have been encouraged to use the concepts of having a mindful body and doing deep breathing to help them throughout challenging moments in or outside of school.

Students started the lesson by watching this great video on the benefits of breathing:

We then learned and practiced the following concepts:

1. Having a mindful body (sitting cross legged or in a chair, arms loose by your sides, feet rooted to the ground, eyes closed or looking down, voices off)
2. Doing mindful breathing (in through the nose, out through the mouth) "Smell the flowers, blow out the candle"
3. Practicing mindful listening (using the sound bowl to signal our brains and ears to focus on the noises around us)

Once we had all three exercises down, I had students either lie down on the rug or listen to a mindfulness script:

Students really enjoyed learning the concept and many felt calm and well rested after the mindfulness script. Mission accomplished!

Friday, April 27, 2018

Julia Cook visits PG!

We were so lucky to have Julia Cook (children's book author and former School Counselor) visit Pine Glen for the day on 4/26/18. She spent the whole day with us, offering assemblies for all grades and classroom visits to do writing strategies and Q&A sessions with our students. Julia also offered a fantastic Parent Night @ Memorial School that evening.

This event would not have been possible without the support of the Pine Glen PTO. Thank you so much for your support! We appreciate you!

Check out juliacookonline.com if you're interested in ordering her books or other materials!

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Julia Cook visits Burlington!

Please join us for a Literacy Night with author
Julia Cook!
“As educators and parents, our ultimate goal is to make a positive difference to children and help them reach their highest potential and become the best that they can be in all they do. This goal is getting harder and harder to reach.”
This is a hands-on hour of laughs and parenting tricks of the trade. 
Topics addressed include:
Video game/ screen time addiction
Balancing the parenting act
Personal safety of kids
Teaching kids social skills through books

“This parenting talk takes a look at the things that world class parents and educators are doing to accomplish the "ultimate goal."  By creating a craving for knowledge, setting boundaries, teaching GRIT, encouraging patience, and developing E.Q., our children can be their ultimate best and become prepared for their paths that lie ahead!”

*This is an adults only event
When: Thursday April 26th, 2018
Time: 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Where: Memorial Elementary School
125 Winn Street
Burlington, MA 01803
***Please email ltilton@bpsk12.org to RSVP by 4/22/18**

Monday, March 19, 2018

Study Skills Bingo

For the month of March, I am focusing on study skills lessons for students in grades 3-5 as they will be taking the MCAS in a few weeks. We learned about and review test taking/study skills through a Bingo/Study game. We had fun and went over some great tips to be well prepared for MCAS. Some of the skills included: have test materials ready, stay focused, get a good night's sleep and eliminate wrong answers. Best of luck with MCAS, Pine Glen!

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Kindness in February

For the month of February, our counseling theme was kindness. We focused on how we can use kind words and do kind acts in school and out in the community. For all grades, we used different books to present/discuss the topic. The books we used were:

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This book talks about a boy who writes two unkind valentine's to students who were previously mean to him. Students discussed the importance of writing kind messages and using kind words on a holiday that celebrates caring about one another. We also discussed the importance of not seeking revenge and using kindness and respect to cope with situations from the past where someone has not treated us kindly.

The other book we used was:
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In this story, a new student arrives at school and she attempts to make friendships and connections by being kind and asking other kids to play. In the story, no one reaches out to the new student and she ends up moving away. Students discussed and learned about the importance of simple acts of kindness such as saying hello and smiling and how they can make a huge difference in someone's life.

To close up the lesson, we created a heart of kind acts to be posted in each classroom. Students gave examples of kind words and actions they can take in their classroom or community to make the world a better place. I wrote these ideas down on a heart and laminated one for each classroom. They are posted in a prominent spot to remind all students about the kind acts they can engage in every day.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Fit Girls fall 2017

We are so proud of our 4th grade girls for another fantastic season of Fit Girls! The girls worked hard after school 2 days per week for seven weeks and ran the Turkey Trot 5K in Boston this past Sunday. We were also lucky to have two of our 4th grade teachers join us for the run--Mrs. Visocchi and
Ms. Merlino. We are proud of you for your dedication and commitment to the physical and emotional aspects of the program! Great work, ladies! :)