Hi! I hope that everyone has had a wonderful November so far and is looking forward to the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday. I’m so grateful to serve your students as the counselor at Rainwater, and I look forward to continuing to get to know them and work with them the rest of the school year. Please reach out to me if you have any questions!
November’s Guidance Lessons
This month, we have been focusing on kindness and the importance of putting a stop to bullying. Students have read stories and heard real-life stories from individuals who have experienced bullying firsthand and what appropriate responses were in those situations.
There have been various activities and lessons for the different grade levels that allow students to create reminders for positive affirmations, kindness toward others, and how to report bullying when it occurs.
What You Can Do
As we continue to focus on kindness and anti-bullying efforts, it’s important to promote selfless habits and experiences for your kids. Activities such as volunteering and participating in community outreach events can be great family bonding opportunities as well as chances for students to learn firsthand what kindness looks like.
It’s also necessary for kids to know that it isn’t always easy to be kind, especially when others aren’t being nice to us, but one of the best lessons you can teach a child is to do the right thing and show kindness, even when you don't really want to do so. Modeling this behavior can be highly effective in helping students learn by example.
The Random Acts of Kindness Foundation offers a variety of wonderful resources—including free downloadable material—that you can use at home with your kids to help them practice kindness on a regular basis.
For its sixth annual Day of Giving on November 18, McWhorter Elementary is giving away 450 uncooked Thanksgiving meals—free turkey, bacon, eggs, milk, etc. You can line up (CARS ONLY) as early as 6:30 a.m., and boxes will begin to be distributed at 8:30 a.m. No walk-ups will be allowed—you must be in a vehicle with an assigned number. Once all meals have been given away, the Day of Giving will end!