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Child Protection and Safety for 1st-3rd Graders

Child Protection and Student Safety at KISJ Elementary Throughout the year, the counselors lead lessons on safety and child protection for our KISJ Elementary students. The lessons below are from our Second Step Child Protection Curriculum which we use here at KISJ.  We have the curriculum materials for K-5th grade and the Kindergarten lessons can be adjusted for JK use as well. For each grade level, the concepts and objectives remain the same, however the lessons are unique per each grade.
Second Step Child Protection Unit Scope and Sequence Second Step Child Protection Lesson Plan Sample Academic Alignment and Child Protection Units
In addition to the Second Step Child Protection unit, Counselors also lead other lessons throughout the year that reinforce and extend Child Protection and Safety skills.
Examples of Additional Lessons lead by the Counselors that focus on and/or Support Child Protection and Safety: Meet the Counselor (Counselors are here to help all KISJ students) Kelso’s …

Helping Students Solve Problems Independently

At KISJ Elementary, we use Kelso's Choices to teach our students how to solve small (kid-sized) problems. It is normal for everyone to have conflicts from time to time. It is also normal for children to be faced with conflicts and often times they may be unsure of how to solve them. By teaching our students to solve small problems independently, we are helping to prepare them with tools and tips to solving conflicts peacefully.

In grade 2, students get the chance to hear stories from the Kelso's Choice storybook 'The Willow Pond'. In the storybook, there are 5 different stories that talk about both small and big problems. During Quarter 1, a story from the book is shared with grade 2 students each week. This week, we learned about BIG problems and how to identify safe adults that can help us. Check out some of their work below!

Recess and the Fundamental Four: Communication!

Each quarter, we focus on one of our FUNDAMENTAL four  dragon values. Our Fundamental Four Dragons Values are: Respect, Responsibility, Collaboration and Communication. This quarter, we will focus on Communication.  Communication is tied into everything we do. Our goal at KISJ is to help educate students on the importance of healthy communication. Over the next few weeks, our second and third graders will be learning about communication in guidance class.

Here are some of the 'thinking points' we will be exploring together:

What does communication mean? How do we communicate in different ways? What does a strong communicator do? How can strong communication help us?  We will also be using some fun games in class to help us learn more about communication.

In grade 1, we will be learning more about recess and ways to have a better recess time with each other. Last Friday, I went to all the grade 1 classes and asked students, 'How do you feel about recess?' Overwhelmingly, …

Back to School-2018/19

Welcome back KISJ Dragons! I am so excited for a brand new year filled with learning, growth, and FUN! This year there have been some exciting new changes to the ES Campus!

For the past two years at KISJ, I have worked as the JK-2nd School Counselor. While I have LOVED working with JK and K students and families, there has been another Counselor hired, Ms. Esther Hockey who will be working specifically with these groups. Ms. Hockey is new to KISJ but has lots of experience working with children and families. We are excited to welcome her to KISJ! This year, I will be working with 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grade students. I am excited to work with grade 3 again and get to know the wonderful grade 3 team!

My 1st and 2nd grade classes will still have weekly classroom guidance lessons with me and my 3rd grade will have lessons every other week. Check out my class schedule below!

3D and 3C class lessons (every other week)
3B and 3A class lessons (every other week)

2A, 2B, 2C cl…

DRAGONS Week 2018!

During DRAGONS Week this year, I had the chance to join JK on their field trips! We went to two different places this year and we had a great time learning how to make our community a better place. Our first trip was to the Nursing Home where our JK students read books to the members of the home. It was great to see so many of the students reach out and connect with the members of the home even though there was an 80 or 90 year age gap between them! We learned that all people have feelings and that a smile and a story can truly make someone's day!
Later on in the week, we went to a local beach for a beach clean-up! The students were really surprised at all of the trash that was on the beach. We collaborated in small groups of 5 to pick up the trash and make our beach cleaner. With my group, we talked about how seeing the trash made us feel. Many students shared that seeing the trash on the beach made them feel sad and angry. Some students felt sad about the trash but felt happy a…

Kindness Detectives in Grade 2 (continued)

As we continue learning about Kindness detectives in grade 2, we begin to consider how we show kindness to our classmates! We learned about the word EMPATHY and what it means to be an empathetic person. Classdojo created some very helpful student videos to help teach empathy! Check them out below!

The students LOVE classdojo videos and they can be great tools to use when starting conversations about empathy. 
How can you build empathy in your child? Here are 3 tips!
1. When reading books or watching movies, talk to your child about how different characters are feeling. This can help your child begin to recognize other's emotions. 
2. Volunteer! This is a great way to give back to the community and show your child that they can make a positive impact on the world. 
3. When your child helps someone, ask them to reflect on how it feels and how it made the other person feel too! It can also be helpful to do this when your child hurts someone or makes someone upset. Have them consider, …

Kindness Detectives in Grade 2

In grade 2, we started learning about how to be kindness detectives!

What is a KINDNESS detective? 
A Kindness detective is someone who learns more about kindness and tries to 'spot' the kindness around them. Kindness detectives seek to learn more about why people are kind and ways we can be kind to others.

We start to look at how we treat ourselves kindly. Here are some ways we discussed:

Eating healthy foods. Getting enough sleep. Exercising. Having a growth mindset. Saying kind things to ourselves.  We then practiced saying positive things to ourselves. It can sometimes feel a bit strange to say kind things about yourself or to yourself- so we needed some practice! We used this video below to help us practice. 

Afterwards, we tried to look deeper into ourselves and think about the things we like about ourselves. The students learned that when you treat yourself kindly, it helps you get through difficult or challenging times. 
How are you kind to yourself? 

You can make the world a better place!

In Kindergarten, we read the story 'Miss Rumphius' by Barbara Cooney. In the story, Miss Rumphius has only three goals in life: 1) Travel the world 2) Live by the ocean and 3) Make the world a more beautiful place. She ends up planting beautiful flowers all around her town! We talked about ways in which we can make the world a better place and the students had many creative ideas! Check out some of their ideas below!

"Miss Rumphius' is one of my favorite books to share with students. Children already make the world a better place and it is inspiring to hear their ideas and dreams. How can YOU make the world a better place?

Why do we teach kids about Safe and Unsafe Touch?

At KISJ, we teach our students all about safe and unsafe touches. As children grow and develop, they often express their feelings through touch. For example, when I child feels comfortable or safe with someone, they may hug them or come close to them; if they feel angry, they may try to hit or push. There are many different children at school and they all have different comfort levels with touch. 
By creating a common language around touch, we are showing students safe ways to treat others. It is important to teach children what is considered safe touch and what is considered unsafe touch. This helps them understand the limits and boundaries that other people have and that we have at school. 

Unsafe touch: Any touch to your body that makes you feel uncomfortable, hurt, scared, or confused. Unsafe touches include: hitting, pinching, kicking, pulling, touching without asking, and touching private parts of others. 

Safe touch: Any touch to your body that feels comfortable, safe, and resp…

Glass Castle with Grade 1!

On the Friday before Spring Break, I had the opportunity to join First Grade on their field trip to Glass Castle. Even though Glass Castle is right down the road from KISJ, many students had never been! It was my second time going to Glass Castle and I can say that I had even MORE fun this time around! Check out some of the photos from the day!

Kindergarten Collaboration!

In Kindergarten Guidance Lessons, we have started learning all about our next Dragon Value, 'Collaboration'. The word, 'Collaboration' is quite a long word! Our Kinder students knew and understood what 'Teamwork' was and we used that knowledge to build upon. Now our Kinder students have stronger understanding of collaboration as we go into quarter 4! To introduce this dragon value, we used some team-building games were students needed to collaborate and work together. 
Our first game was called 'Pass the Hoop'. In this game, students try to pass the hula hoop around the circle while holding hands. This can be pretty tricky so collaboration is key! Students found they were more successful when they were working together and helping each other.  We talked about ways that we could pass the hoop around the circle faster and what we should do if it got stuck or we needed help. Here are some of the ideas the students had to help improve their collaboration s…