Counselor's Corner - October

Greetings CMP Families!

October is in full swing, and with it brings National Bullying Prevention Month.  According to the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), one out of five students report being bullied during the school year.  Reports of students being bullied online or by text are growing as well.
Help us foster a culture of togetherness throughout our CMP community by encouraging your child to treat others with kindness and respect. By doing so, we are working together to stop bullying and cyberbullying by promoting acceptance, kindness, and inclusion to all.
Consider participating in a "Kindness Challenge" with your whole family by challenging each family member to show a random act of kindness to someone at least once a day. This activity is good for kids as well as adults, and will be a fun topic of conversation at your dinner table each night.

Check out this website that includes kid-friendly, interactive resources about bullying that you and your child can look at together: https://pacerkidsagainstbullying.org/
This website is a great resource specific to parents with information on bullying: https://www.pacer.org/bullying/resources/parents
Click here if your child wants to take the pledge to be a Kid Against Bullying!  You can download and print out the official certificate when done to remind your student of their pledge to speak up, reach out, and be a friend.

Second Step: Our social emotional curriculum continues this theme with lessons for lower elementary students on identifying what others are feeling, having empathy, and showing compassion. Upper elementary and middle school students will begin lessons specifically about learning how to recognize bullying and harassment, how to stand up safely to bullying, and respond appropriately to harassment.  
Middle school students also received a lesson titled, "Stress and Support", which talked about coping strategies students can use when feeling overwhelmed and/or stressed, who they can go to for support, and when it is time to reach out to an adult for themselves or for a friend.

Lunch Bunch is a way for students to socialize with peers from their grade levels over zoom.  It provides students a chance to "hang out" virtually away from their normal class time, just as they would at lunch and recess here at school.  Lunch bunch zoom links are posted in your student's google classrooms weekly and are completely optional.  

As always, please feel free to reach out to me with any questions, comments, or concerns at scronin@cacmp.org or through ParentSquare.

Stay healthy,
Ms. Stacey





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