COUNSELOR’S SPOTLIGHT: Show your child how to deal with failure in positive ways
Sooner or later, your child will experience failure. The way you react to that failure can help shape his/her character and school success. To help your child, try these Tips to Bounce Back from Setbacks: 1.) Remind your child that you love him/her unconditionally. Your love isn’t tied to performance in school. 2.) Focus on the positives. Mistakes are actually opportunities for learning. Help your child think about what he/she can learn from these experiences. 3.) Praise what you can. “Most of your answers were correct on this test. That’s an improvement.” 4.) Be realistic. If you know your child is doing his/her best and still doesn’t bring up a grade, don’t let him/her think you are disappointed. Instead, focus on creating a plan for improvement. 5.) Move on. Don’t dwell on the failure. When parents spend too much time talking about setbacks, children can have a harder time moving on. 6.) Don’t argue with your child’s teachers or coaches to try to get them to change a decision or a grade. Your child needs to learn to respect their decisions. 7.) Don’t take over. If your child earned a low grade on a writing assignment, talk about ways to improve, but don’t offer to write the next paper for him. 8.) Be a role model. Handle your own mistakes and failures in positive ways. (**Revised and reprinted with permission from the April 2019 issue of Parents make the difference!® Elementary School Edition newsletter.)
COUNSELOR’S SPOTLIGHT: Set the stage for a successful transition to middle school
Will your child be heading to middle school next year? If so, the time to start preparing for that exciting transition is now. At school, teachers are helping students get ready. On Thursday, March 21st, L. K. Moss 5th graders toured the middle/high school. At home, you can support your child’s progress and independence by trying these Tips for a Successful Transition: 1.) Learn about the middle school. Read its website regularly. Sign up for notifications on its social media pages. Visit the school on the scheduled Parent Night so you can take a tour. The more comfortable you and your child are at the school, the easier it will be to adjust. 2.) Build school spirit. Learn about the school’s clubs, teams, classes, colors and mascot. Talk about your child’s interests. What new and exciting things do students learn and do in middle school? Attend a student performance or game together. 3.) Encourage important habits. Your child should stick to a daily homework routine and practice staying organized. These skills will be critical in middle school and beyond. 4.) Find out about summer activities for rising middle schoolers, such as library reading programs. Ask the school for suggestions. 5.) Attend events for new students and families. Ask about the volunteer opportunities. Introduce yourself to staff and other parents. 6.) Find a mentor. Do any of your neighbors or friends have children currently attending the middle school? Perhaps one could talk to your child about what it’s like. 7.) Keep communicating. Talk with your child about any concerns or questions he/she may have. (**Revised and reprinted with permission from the March 2019 issue of Parents make the difference!® Elementary School Edition newsletter.)
**HAVE A FUN AND SAFE SPRING BREAK!!!
L. k. Moss Commemorates Black History Month: “Black Migrations”
L. K. Moss celebrated Black History Month with various activities aligned with the 2019 national theme: “Black Migrations”. This theme honors African Americans in motion as they moved from the farm to the cities, and from poverty to the national stage in business, politics, literature and the arts. A beautiful bulletin board with pictures of famous African Americans who moved from the south to the North and obtained success adorned the Road to Success, our main hallway. Each day during the morning announcements, PAL (Program for Advanced Learners) students shared a Moment in Black History that spotlighted these and other successful African Americans who migrated. In Ms. Gipaya’s art class, students watched a video and completed a “Heart Hand” activity commemorating Martin Luther King, Jr. The lunchroom staff provided a special soulful lunch for all to enjoy. Our culminating activities included a Dress-up Day in which faculty, staff, and students dressed in outfits made of Kente Cloth, a cloth that serves as the icon of African cultural heritage around the world. Black History Month at L. K. Moss was an awesome celebration and learning experience.