Newsletter Dec 2018

Twitter account: @lemarsguidance Web address: Calendars - Activities If a student is interested in visiting a college, they need to make sure they pick up an advance make up sheet and college visit form from the front office. COLLEGE VISIT – SDSU will be here Monday, December 10 th at 1:15 P.M. Stop by the guidance office if you are interest- ed in speaking with the representative. December 8, 2018 Nov. 2, 2018 Nov. 3–19, 2018 February 9, 2019 Jan. 11, 2019 Jan. 12-18, 2019 April 13, 2019 March 8, 2019 March 9-25, 2019 June 8, 2019 May 3, 2019 May 4-20, 2019 Log onto for free ACT, SAT, and Toefl practice and test taking tips Please call or email to set up an appointment to review your student’s progress during the listed times. 712-546-7028 or December 3rd - 6th 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM December 10th - 13th 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM On Monday, October 22nd, the Le Mars Community Schools hosted speaker Jeff Veley in an assembly to help empower students against bullying behavior. Jeff also hosted a session for parents that night where he shared important information on how parents can empower their own children when it comes to bullying. Here is some information from Jeff’s website: “Bullying” is certainly a buzz-word in today’s culture. It’s the headline of countless news stories, the concern of par- ents around the world, and the reason why 1 in 6 students skip school every day (for fear that they will be torment- ed). In the past, kids were often told to deal with bullying by ignoring it, walking away, or telling an adult. This causes kids to feel helpless, hopeless, and entitled. Jeff teaches parents a different way to help their kids deal with bullying that is both refreshing and empowering to the student! Here are the four steps that Jeff tells parents to teach their kids to deal with bullying behaviors: 1. Empathize with your student--you’ve been there and you know how mean kids can be 2. Encourage--tell them that they are worthwhile and can stop the bullying themselves 3. Educate--help them understand that they don’t have to get upset and let mean words hurt 4. Empower--teach them strategies to stop the bullying: use the peace sign approach! If our goal is to raise emotionally strong children, then we must equip our kids with the social and emotional skills that empower them to face adversity, grow in resilience, and solve their own social problems. Only then will they be prepared to navigate aggression in the real world. By teaching kids not to get upset when people are mean to them and that mean words don’t have to hurt them, it will help build their confidence and promote a healthy resil- ience. For more information on Jeff Veley and his peace sign approach to stop bullying see his website: Stop being a referee for your kids and start being a coach and a cheerleader! Jason Martin and Kari Kopperud LCMS Guidance Counselors