Catrisa Goodrich, School Counselor
May Kindness Club Activity
We are kicking off May’s Kindness Club Activity this week! Students can participate all month long by completing acts of kindness from a calendar that was shared with all classrooms on Friday- the goal is for each student to complete 10 or more acts of kindness in May- students can shade in the box once they complete the act. All completed calendars can be turned into your student’s teacher at the end of May and a flower will "bloom" on the cafeteria windows with the student's name during the last week of school. We are planting seeds of kindness to help each other bloom!
Thank you to the following cub scout wolf Den members: harper eitel, elizabeth stoess, wyatt skaggs, elliott owens and scout helpers amelia owens and juliette stoess led by phil owens and patrick stoess for your hard work in cleaning out inside the marquee retaining wall and putting down mulch!!!
Thank you for your service in keeping our school beautiful!!
Kindergarten and First Grade
Classroom Guidance- April
You Get What You Get (and you don’t throw a fit)
This month in kindergarten and first grade classroom guidance, we are focusing on the Essential Question: What can I do when I don’t get what I want and feel disappointed or upset? We read You Get What You Get by Julie Gassman and engaged in a discussion about feeling disappointed and disappointments we have experienced. We investigated the phrase “positive self-talk” and students then completed their own positive self-talk thought bubble to help them identify ways they can handle disappointment. This skill relates to identifying and managing one’s own emotions and behaviors. The students did a fantastic job and hopefully shared their thought bubbles with you at home.
During 3rd grade classroom guidance, students were engaged in an activity to foster collaboration skills and problem solving when presented with conflicts. The article below from Child Mind Institute, gives strategies you can work on at home.
Teaching Kids How to Deal With Conflict | Child Mind Institute
Our 4th graders will discover how our thoughts, feelings, and behaviors are connected during classroom guidance this week. We will create a feelings thermometer to support working through big emotions.
The 5th graders will meet with the middle school counselors from SOMS and EOMS on Wednesday, 3/31 here at Camden. It will be their first opportunity to hear about the middle school transition and some general details about 6th grade. We will continue with this exploration during classroom guidance this week!
How can you help your child develop healthy friendships? Demonstrate healthy interactions with your own friends and family- your child will learn how to make friends, treat each other with kindness and compassion, and how to navigate disagreements by watching and listening to you. By modeling respect and forgiveness in your language and actions, your child will learn these important friendship skills.
Below are a few book recommendations about friendship that I use in classroom guidance lessons. Discussing the characters interactions and emotions can help children navigate their own friendships and analyze social skills in a concrete way. Reading with your child builds their literacy skills, cognitive development, and helps the development of their imagination. It’s a great opportunity to continue to build the emotional bond with your child.
How Do Dinosaurs Play With Their Friends by Jane Tolen and Mark Teague
How To Be A Lion by Ed Vere
One by Kathryn Otoshi
The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister
Ribbit by Rodrigo Folgueira
Stick and Stone by Beth Ferry and Tom Lichtenheld
Swimmy by Leo Lionni
Stress Management- Supporting Our Children
Let Kids Know They Can Talk to You
Be Sure to Listen to Your Child Before Offering Suggestions
Consider Doing an Activity While You Talk Like Taking A Walk or Playing A Game- Doing An Activity While Talking Can Help To Make It Feel More Relaxed
Get Kids to Do Some Deep Breathing Exercises- It Has a Physical Effect on Your Body to Help You Calm Down and Lower Stress- You Can Use Bubbles, A Pinwheel, or This Star Breathing That We Practiced in Kindergarten
Take a Break and Get Outside- Changing the Scenery Can Help to Change the Focus
Encourage Good Sleep Habits
Model Self-Care and Positive Thinking
Stay Calm (and Try To Make Sure Your Facial Expressions Convey This Too!)
This year Camden Station ES will continue to participate in the Blessings in a Backpack program. The vision of Blessings in a Backpack is for every school-aged child in America to have the nourishment needed to learn and grow. As a leader in the movement to end childhood hunger, Blessings in a Backpack strives to ensure children do not go hungry on the weekends by empowering individuals and communities to take action.
Blessings in a Backpack is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization currently feeding over 87,000 children in 1,092 schools in 45 states and the District of Columbia. Better test scores, improved reading skills, positive behavior, improved health, and increased attendance have all been attributed to the success of this program.
Through this program, each Friday students receive a backpack filled with easy to prepare food staples for their family over the weekend. During NTI and VLA, the food is delivered to your door by school staff.
Eligibility to participate in the program is based on need.
If you would like for your student to receive Blessings in a Backpack, please either fill out the form below or call Mrs. Goodrich, School Counselor at 241-1271 or e-mail the information below to email@example.com. All information will be kept confidential.
Click this link to fill out a form for your child to receive Blessings in a Backpack.
Helping Children Process Difficult News
As families and educators, we might be struggling with what we should and should not say with all that is happening in our world and how to open dialogue so that our children can process difficult news while feeling safe and supported. The links below include resources to help families talk with their children about difficult topics, as well as, general information about supporting our children. If I can be of any assistance or support for you or your child, please contact me at (502)241-1271 or e-mail me at: firstname.lastname@example.org
American Psychological Association Link: https://www.apa.org/topics/talking-children
National Association of School Psychologists Link: https://www.nasponline.org/resources-and-publications/resources-and-podcasts/school-climate-safety-and-crisis/school-violence-resources/talking-to-children-about-violence-tips-for-parents-and-teachers
NPR Podcast - What to say when the news is scary Link: https://www.npr.org/2019/04/24/716704917/when-the-news-is-scary-what-to-say-to-kids
Goal-Setting during Distance Learning
Have a goal-setting conversation with your child. When students are part of the conversation, they develop ownership of the goal, which makes it more valuable. Here are some quick examples for different ages:
Age 6: At this age give the child short-term goals and very specific choices. Example: “Let’s pick one thing we really want to make sure we get done this morning. We could write the sentences to go with these three pictures, or we could finish these 10 addition problems.”
Age 11: Work with children this age to create longer-term goals that are broken into smaller pieces. The parent should continue to provide guidance like, “Hmmm… how will your Friday-self feel if you wait to do all your work on Friday?” Example: “Let’s set your math goals for each day this week. Let’s look at your material. What do you want to have done by the end of the week? (Or what does your teacher say you need to get done by the end of the week?) How do you want to break that up over the five days this week?”
Make sure the goal is reasonable and can be done in a short time. If you choose a longer-term goal, set milestones along the way. Setting a reasonable target helps ensure students experience success, which will motivate them to make further progress.
Determine how you will know if the student is making progress toward the goal and how you will know they have reached it. Think of how many apps we have that track our exercise or budgets. We can similarly track good learning behavior. Having a measurable goal is key to knowing if you’ve reached it, and therefore getting those positive feelings that come with success.
Talk about how the goal relates to things your child values. Is it a skill they are interested in learning related to a hobby? Is the goal related to a future job they want? Is it related to something else they want to learn? Making the activity relevant to the child increases its value.
Document what your child can do if they get stuck. Students aren’t going to be 100% successful when they are learning. Make a plan for how they will get help when they get stuck so they are less likely to quit and see a path to success even when they struggle.
From: khanacademy.org “How to motivate students who are distance learning during COVID”
Keeping Kids Motivated for Online Learning
Click this link for helpful tips and techniques to encourage and motivate your kids!!! (https://www.commonsensemedia.org/blog/keeping-kids-motivated-for-online-learning)
Resources for Supporting Our Children During Difficult Times
How To Help Kids Handle Disappointment
How To Help Kids Handle the News
Strategies for Supporting Learning At Home from the Child Mind Institute
↠ Click this link to listen and view the presentation
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Building Courage in Kids – How to Teach Kids to Be Brave
Welcome Camden Station families! I hope everyone is safe and staying healthy. I’m Catrisa Goodrich, the school counselor at Camden Station. This year is going to be very different for all of us, so it’s important to stay positive and compassionate.
This is my fifteenth year as a school counselor and my fifth year at Camden Station Elementary. I am so excited and grateful to be a part of such an amazing team! I attended the University of Kentucky (Go CATS!) for my undergraduate studies and earned my Masters of Education in School Counseling at Loyola College in Maryland. My husband, two children and I live in Crestwood and enjoy being a part of the Oldham County community.
The school counseling program is a part of our students’ total educational experience. Activities are designed and implemented to support our core values of partnership, character development, and academic development. Elementary school counselors provide both prevention and intervention services. Counselors work with students on developing appropriate tools for communicating, making decisions, developing friendships, and strengthening coping skills. The delivery of services to students is provided through a combination of individual and group counseling, developmental classroom guidance activities focusing on Social Emotional Learning (SEL), consultations with parents, school faculty, and community organizations/agencies, and the coordination of related services.
I look forward to a great year and am committed to helping our children reach their optimal potential as life-long learners whether we are doing NTI, VLA, or in-person learning!
Please contact me if you are in need of resources or would like to connect with me about your child.
E-mail: email@example.com or Call: (502)241-1271
Follow my Facebook page: Camden Station Elementary School Counselor Connection
Google Site: Counseling Corner Google Site with additional Resources
You or your child can submit a form to connect with me using this Request for the Counselor form or scan the QR code below from a smart device. I look forward to working with you and your child! ❤
Students can see their School Counselor via:
Reasons parents/guardians might reach out to the School Counselor:
Family health problems
Social concerns, issues with friends
To discuss additional needs of student
Family changes, difficulties, or concerns
Recent loss of a family member or friend
Proactive discussion about a potential crisis
To discuss effective parent/child communication
Concerns over student achievement or behavior
Student is lacking motivation for distance learning
Assistance in locating & coordinating community resources
Tips to Help Kids Wear Masks from Cincinnati Children’s Hospital: https://blog.cincinnatichildrens.org/healthy-living/covid-19-tips-help-kids-wear-face-masks/
COVID-19 Resource Center
Click on the link above for resources from NASP
(National Association of School Psychologists)
SPOTLIGHT: SEL (Social Emotional Learning)
What is Social Emotional- Learning??
Social-emotional learning (SEL) is learning how to:
- Be aware of yourself and how you feel
- Be in control of yourself, even when you can't control everything
-Be a good friend, neighbor, classmate, and person in your community
-Make good and responsible choices
Social and emotional learning (SEL) is an integral part of education and human development. SEL is the process through which all young people and adults acquire and apply the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to develop healthy identities, manage emotions and achieve personal and collective goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain supportive relationships, and make responsible and caring decisions.
We recognize that as a family member, you are our students’ first teacher and we want to partner with you to help our children become tolerant, compassionate, and caring adults. To support achieving these goals and to help our students build their social-emotional skills, we are pleased to share that we are implementing Sanford Harmony in our school community through school-wide activities and classroom guidance lessons.
Over the course of the five units listed below, students will enhance their abilities to learn, work, and grow together.
Diversity and Inclusion
Information will be sent home periodically, sharing activities in each unit. To learn more about Sanford Harmony please visit sanfordharmony.org.
Below are a few ideas of how to continue building communication skills and family time at home through SEL:
Greeting: Gather your family together in a circle. Ask one member to start by passing a smile or an “I love you, [Name]” around the circle.
Sharing & Responding: Choose family member to share something they can do very well and how they do it. Other family members respond by making positive comments or asking questions.
Community Check In: Talk about “Highs” and “Lows” for the week. How are we doing as a family in treating each other well?
Quick Connection: Create a fun routine that encourages a family connection. It could be a “secret” family handshake, a silly face, a “copy-cat” dance move, etc
Find tips on physical activity, nutrition, quality sleep, and more from the Alliance for a Healthier Generation: https://www.healthiergeneration.org/campaigns/covid-19
Oldham County Resources
Beulah Land Baptist Church (Foundation of Hope): (502)222-1912
3509 West Highway 146, Buckner, KY 40010
Community Chest of Oldham County: (502)222-0427
1919 Covey Trace, LaGrange, KY 40031
First Steps-Kentucky’s Early Intervention System: (877) 417-8377
Services: First Steps can help you and your family answer questions and concerns you may have about your child’s development.
Good News Shelter Corporation/Rose Haven Good News: (502) 225-0351
Services: Provides temporary housing and supportive services for families in Oldham and Trimble Counties who are temporarily without adequate shelter because of catastrophes, such as fire or floods, or financial setbacks caused by job loss, disability, divorce, illness, etc. Rose Haven serves only women in crisis and their families.
Grace and Glory Lutheran Church (Bread of Life): (502)228-0650
11952 West Highway 42, Goshen, KY 40026
High Point Ministries: (502)713-7090
424 East Main Street, #7, LaGrange, KY 40031
Clothing Closet (includes household items, personal care supplies, baby supplies), Food pantry
Hope Health Clinic: (502) 225-6711
Located in La Grange on the Baptist Health campus is a low-cost, primary care clinic for those without health insurance or those people with "high deductible" insurance plans.
LaCasita: (502) 322-4036
Services: Provide support for Hispanic families in the area by connecting them to needed resources like counseling, housing, legal consultation, food, clothing, school supports and more. They also have support groups for parents.
Oldham County American Red Cross: (502) 222-0308
Services: Financial assistance, disaster relief, housing assistance, food bank, transportation, training programs, community winter help.
Oldham County Health Department: (502) 222-3516
Services: Clinical: Immunizations, family planning, physical exams, WIC, Registered Dietitian, screening and treatment (TB, STDs, cancer, hypertension, cholesterol, diabetes, childhood lead, newborn metabolic screening); Environmental: premise sanitation, public facilities; Other: tobacco coalition, HANDS, Healthy Start in Child Care, emergency response team, communicable disease monitoring.
Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255
24/7 free and confidential support for people in distress and crisis prevention resources for you and your loved ones
Tri-County Community Action Partnership: (502) 222-1349
Tri-County Community Action Agency is a private non-profit corporation that has been serving the Henry, Oldham, and Trimble counties in Kentucky since 1974. We offer a variety of programs to enhance the quality of life of our participants. Many of our programs are offered at little or no charge to you.