• Think Safe lesson for students

    Posted by Charmaine Pratt on 10/15/2019 9:00:00 PM

    This month all students will be receive information from the Think First & Stay Safe program. This is a research based program that teaches specific personal safety education through interactive classroom lessons and role playing. A letter with additional details was sent home with students on 10/15. Parents are able to preview the information through the links provided on this website. A preview session will also be held on 10/21/19 at 8:30 a.m. in the media center. Think Safe lesson for Kindergarten Think safe lesson 1st grade Think Safe lesson 2nd grade

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    Posted by Charmaine Pratt on 10/10/2019 10:00:00 AM

    Thank you to the parents that attended our parent workshop on 10/2 and 10/3. There were a lot of great conversations. I am posting the presentation from the workshop for anyone that was unable to attend. You may click on the Engagement & Success link to open the presentation. If you have questions, you may contact any of the facilitators listed on the presentation. Engagement & Success Presentation

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  • Parent Workshop

    Posted by Charmaine Pratt on 9/30/2019 8:40:00 AM
    The school counselors and parent liaison of Clairemont Elem. and Talley Street Upper Elem. will conduct a parent workshop entitled, "How to engage your child and help them be successful in school." This workshop will include topics such as effective strategies to engage your child in conversation, anxiety reduction techniques, friendship skills, academic success tips and much more. We will hold two identical sessions. The first session will be on October 2nd at 6 p.m. at the Dekalb Housing Authority Community Center. The second session will be on Oct. 3rd at 8:30 a.m. at Talley St. Upper Elementary. If you have a child at Clairemont or Talley Street Upper, we look forward to seeing you there. If you have any questions, you may contact Ms. Weaver or Ms. Jackson at Talley St. Elem. or Ms. Pratt at Clairemont Elem. 
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  • Is your child still struggling to adjust to the beginning of the school year?

    Posted by Ms. Pratt on 8/21/2019 1:40:00 PM

    We are fully into the swing of the school year. Some children look forward to the beginning of school and are excited to meet their teacher and the new students in their class. There are also some children that the beginning of a school year can bring some stress and/or anxiety. These feelings are common during the first week of school. However, if you find that your child is still becoming upset or anxious during morning drop-off, I would like to provide a few tips that may help the Back to School transition.

    Place a family photo in their pencil box or lunchbag - Young children can experience a form of separation anxiety when starting school for the first time (i.e. Kindergarteners, Previous home school students). Sometimes children have a hard time adjusting to not having as much time with their parent during the day. Placing a family photo in a place that your child can see throughout the day can be comforting. The photo can feel make a child feel like they are bringing a piece of their family with them to school everyday.

    Use positive affirmations in the morning - Some children wake up with the worry about what will happen to them during the day or concern about whether they will be able to perform academically. You can use positive affirmations such as, "You are going to have a great day!", "Each day is a brand new chance for something great to happen", "It is okay if you make a mistake in school, your mistakes are just going to help you learn". Teaching your child to add positivity to their thinking, can help inspire them to not place as much focus on the bad things that could happen.

    Make sure to make school seem like a great place when you are in front of your child - There are lots of adults that had their own negative experiences in school. As children get older, they can pick up on your negative attitudes about school. Some children start to think of school as a bad place because they feel that their parent(s) dislikes school. Don't speak negatively about school or your child's teacher in front of them. You want to give your child the impression that learning in school is fun and interesting. Show a lot of interest when asking your child about an assignment or project that they are working on in class. In the evenings, ask your child about the best part of the day and if there was a part that could have been better. Even asking about the negative parts of the day can allow you to help your child work through any current problems that they are experiencing. If your schedule permits, volunteer at the school. If your child sees that you want to spend some of your spare time at the school, it can show them that their school is a good place to be. 

    Ask your child directly why they are upset or anxious about going to school - Some children are not able to articulate why they may be feeling stress or anxiety about starting school. However, if your child is able to articulate their feelings, ask them directly why they are struggling to go to school in the morning. 

    Teach your child how to self-soothe - Parents are normally the greatest source of comfort for their child. If your child is used to being with you all day to help ease feelings of anxiety, frustration, etc., they may feel concerned about what he/she should do if they need help with their feelings when you are not around. Teach your child techniques such as deep breathing, visualization, and counting to help calm themselves. Having strategies to help themselves when they have a problem can help increase a child's confidence that they can manage at school by themselves. Also, reinforce that if they cannot calm down by themselves, there are other caring adults in the building to help. 

    Work with your child on how to make friends - Some children continue to be anxious after the first weeks of school because they feel lost because they don't feel connected to their peers and they don't know how to socialize with a entirely new group of students. Give your child ideas of good conversation starters that they can use with other kids. Roleplay how to have conversations with other kids and how to handle certain situations. Providing this knowledge and practice gives many children the confidence that they need to try to make new friends. If your child is extremely shy, talk to your child's teacher about the possibility of pairing him/her with another student in the class. 


    The most important thing to help ease those Back to School worries is helping your child feel safe, secure and confident in school. Eventually, the back to school woes will dissapate. Have a great year!


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