Social and Emotional Learning

Dear parents and guardians,

Yesterday at the parent learning workshop, we discussed the social and emotional learning of primary students at SIS. Throughout the school year, students learn about personal safety, bullying prevention, and transitions. A few important notes from the workshop:

-we empower students by helping them learn strategies to solve problems

-we can model positive personal management and decision making by specifically talking with children about how we make choices

-to prevent bullying, students are taught what it is and how to help each other

-as part of the safety curriculum, students are taught about safe touch, unsafe touch, and unwanted touch

Please email me if you have specific questions about the session.  I hope to see you at the next parent workshop!

What is Bullying?

Dear parents and guardians,
In case you missed the PSA coffee on December 5, here are some highlights from the discussion about bullying:
-The word “bullying” is often misunderstood or misused.  Bullying behavior means that there is intent to do harm, repeated hurtful actions, and a power difference between people involved.
-Rude behavior means behavior that is not intended to harm others.  Mean behavior is intentional, but is not repeated and may not include a power difference.  These are behaviors that are typical at elementary age.
-We teach children to identify, reject, and report bullying.
Parents can do the following if they are concerned about their children being bullied:
-Listen to your child without judgment.  Try not to interrogate them or react with anger.
-If you are concerned about what you have heard from your child, ask the classroom teacher about it.
-Use the word “bullying” accurately.  If a child uses it incorrectly, help them understand that the behavior may be mean or rude.
-Empower your children.  Practice what to do if someone treats them poorly.  Increase their self-confidence.
You can find more information on the topic on the following websites:
I hope to see you at the next workshop!

The Terribly Wonderful Life of a TCK

Dear parents and guardians,
In case you missed the recent parent workshop, titled “The Impact of International Life on Children,” here are a few main points from our discussion:
  • Children who live in a different cultural environment for a significant period of time are called “Third Culture Kids” (TCKs)
  • TCKs have a unique personal culture that is different from their parents’ culture, and different from the host country’s culture.
  • Through their incredible array of international experiences, TCKs develop advanced cultural understanding, social adaptability, and language abilities.
  • TCKs experience the grief process with each relocation and transition.
  • Strategies to support children in the grief process include actively listening, allowing expressions of grief, helping children build meaningful relationships, and setting aside family time to provide stability to their changing worlds.
We hope to see you at the next parent workshop!

Parenting in the Digital Age

In case you missed the recent parent workshop, titled “Parenting in the Digital Age,” here are a few main points from our discussion:
  • Living in the digital age presents unique challenges and opportunities for student growth.
  • Educators use many digital tools to help students connect, create, and innovate.
  • Children need parents to set boundaries on their device use.  These boundaries include limited time, specific purpose, and controlled access to device use and content.
  • Children’s devices should be used in public areas, not in their bedroom.
  • There are many resources available to filter content and monitor device use.
We hope to see you at the next parent workshop!

Welcome to SIS for the 2017-18 School Year!

Dear teachers, staff, students, parents, and guardians,

Welcome to SIS for the 2017-18 school year!  I look forward to encouraging and witnessing the academic, personal, and social growth of students during this academic year.

As the Elementary Counselor, I can help students overcome social or emotional obstacles that may get in the the way of achieving their academic potential.  At SIS, we care about the holistic development of students, which includes learning healthy habits and coping strategies.

Students are welcome to visit my office during breaks or lunch time, or can make an appointment with me.  Counseling services at school include brief individual counseling, group counseling, classroom guidance lessons, responsive services, and consultation.  Individual and group counseling is by no means compulsory, and can be discontinued at any time.  It is important to note that meeting with the counselor is a confidential process unless the student is in danger of hurting others or themselves.  Confidentiality ensures that trust can be established, and the needs of students can more fully be met.

Please contact me if you have any questions, or if I can be of support in any way.  I look forward to meeting you all this year!

Parental Involvement

Dear SIS community,

We are almost a month into the school year, and we have already witnessed student achievement and progress.  Of course there have been mistakes along the way, but that is how we learn!

An important element of students’ learning is for parents to be involved.  Studies consistently show that parental involvement is an influential predictor of student success.  But what exactly is “parental involvement,” and can there be too much?  Appropriate parental involvement can include some of the following:

  • Provide your child with the space, time, and materials that they need for studies
  • Provide structure and experience that teachers expect a child to have prior to going to class
  • Know what assignments have been given at school, and follow up on their completion
  • Know where your child is at all times, and make sure they have appropriate supervision

See the following article for more information about being involved in your child’s studies:

Please contact me if you would like to discuss appropriate involvement in your child’s studies.