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Notes from the Friendship Counselor

Date: October 1, 2011 Author: admin Categories: Parent Updates, Tips

In the San Carlos school district, we are developing and teaching positive social coping skills that are good for both individuals and good for society. Our goal is to promote well-being and happiness while meeting the classic ethics test:

  • Would you want to be treated this way?
  • Would you want all persons to act this way in a similar situation?

We call this outreach Lifeskills Lessons. My predecessor at BA, Laura MacFarlane, started this initiative and now the whole district is united in embracing the program.

Each month, I will teach a Lifeskill Lesson in every classroom. This October’s Lifeskill explores Respect. I hope teachers, staff members, and parents will continue to discuss and dialogue how each “Lifeskill” impacted their own childhood and everyday adult life. Think about sport teams, sibling relationships, recess, travel, grandparents, first jobs…Our stories and real life lessons are the best anchors and teaching guides for our children. Please share your unique story and perspectives with them.

To focus your thinking on these topics, here is a calendar of our Lifeskill curriculum:

September: Friendship—Making and keeping friends through mutual trust and caring.
October: Respect—Showing consideration for the feelings and rights of yourself, others and the world around you.
November: Resilience—Using life’s challenges to grow and learn.
December: Acceptance—Respecting our own differences and the differences of others.
January: Responsibility—Following through with commitments, being reliable, and developing and using good judgment in making decisions.
February: Kindness—Showing understanding of others by treating them with compassion, generosity, and a forgiving spirit.
March: Cooperation—Being helpful, working with others for the common good, and being a unique, willing and productive team player.
April: Trustworthiness—Telling the truth, admitting wrongdoing, being honest and acting with integrity.
May: Citizenship—Following the rules, appropriately questioning rules that do not make sense, and helping your school, community and planet to succeed.

We now have posters of these Lifeskills hanging in every classroom. Please feel free to download a copy and “put it on your refrigerator”. (A huge thank you to Inger West’s technical support in designing these “Wordles” and the SCSD’s Wellness Program for paying for the printing costs.)

I look forward to the work we will do together!

Thank you,
Karin Bloom MS PPSC