Counselor’s Corner

A note from Mrs. Barnes:

Is there a right way to praise our children?  I think so!  Children are very smart and they know when they deserve our praise and when they’ve done nothing worthy praise.  It’s important when praising your children that you only praise them when they deserve it and give specific praise.  Just saying “good job” or “way to go” is OK every now and then but to truly praise your child, tell them (in a few words) specifically why you are praising them.  Example, when a child does well on their report card, instead of saying something like,” I’m so proud you made all A’s”, say “I’m so proud of the grades you made; learning seems to be important to you.  Doing all that homework and studying for those tests really paid off”.  Praise needs to motivate a child intrinsically (the why of doing well) not extrinsically (what can I get if I somehow manage to do well).


Important Information

  • Kindergarten students will take the SESAT 1 (Stanford Achievement Test) next Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.  Please make sure your child gets a good night’s sleep, eats a healthy breakfast, and arrives at school on time.  We try to make this a stress-free experience for our students by completing practice tests before so they are prepared, having several snack breaks between testing, and extra recessJ.
  • Fall Pictures – Please look over your child’s pictures.
    • If you would like to purchase the pictures, please send in the correct amount and send any unwanted pictures back to school.
    • Be sure to make all checks out to Strawbridge Studios, Inc.
    • There are also instructions on how you can pay online. Please send us an email letting us know if you purchase the pictures online, so we can mark you off the list.
    • If you would like your child to have picture re-takes on Oct. 28th, please let us know.  They will only do retakes on students that we send to them.
  • We will have a fun Pumpkin Carving day with our buddies on Oct. 30th at 1:30.  We will send a letter home on Monday, Oct. 19th with more details.
  • Our Annual Fund mountain is filling up with rocks!  Please remember no donation is too small; participation is the key! We still have a ways to go for our Dance Party in the hallway on Oct. 21st.  Thank you so much to those families who have contributed!  You ROCK!!