National Gratitude Month is an annual designation observed in November. Gratitude is more than simply saying “thank you.” Gratitude’s amazing powers have the ability to shift us from focusing on the negative to appreciating what is positive in our lives. Practicing daily gratitude gives us a deeper connection to ourselves and the world around us. How many acts of kindness can you and your family do during the month of November?
“Of all the gifts your kids could get their hands on this season, there’s probably only one that will ensure their happiness will outlast a pack of batteries. I’ll give you a clue: It’s nothing you can put a bow on. I’m talking about the gift of a grateful heart.” Read more from the Parent Toolkit article, Get Grateful! 20 Ways to Teach Kids Gratitude, from Tots to Teens. In addition to discussing gratitude with your children, reinforce your conversation by helping with your local schools and organizations that are helping people who are facing hardship. Let’s embrace the concept of gratitude by paying it forward.
The month of October supports several causes and brings awareness to many important topics such as National Substance Abuse Prevention Month. In connection to the activities during Red Ribbon Week at LAJH, we also want to bring awareness to the many dangers of teen substance abuse. Please take a moment and talk with your children about the harms of substance abuse and use the following links listed below to support your conversation. Let us know how you approached the topic with your kids, by responding on our blog.
* Tough Talks: How to Talk to Your Child About Drugs and Alcohol
* Juul, the Vape Device Teens are getting Hooked on, Explained
*The Dangerous Drug Parents Aren't Talking About with Kids
*GHB, Abuse On The Rise Among Teens
*Preventing Teen Drug Use: How to Spot the Early Warning Signs
One of the best websites with resources targeting bullying prevention is Pacers National Bullying Prevention Center. Founded in 2006, PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center actively leads social change to prevent childhood bullying, so that all youth are safe and supported in their schools, communities, and online. We recommend taking a look at the following links:
*What Parents Should Know about Bullying
*Working with the School
*Helping Your Child
During the month of September, National Suicide Prevention Month, we encourage parents to have a conversation with their child or children about mental health. Having an open conversation with your child about difficult topics can help prepare your child for many challenging situations, and it also gives your child the courage to bring up tough issues again in the future. Click on the links below to get tips on how to approach the topic of suicide with your children.
*How to Talk to Children about Suicide
*Why parents should prioritize mental health this school year
We know that some students and parents worry about all of the changes that occur at middle or junior high schools, but don’t panic! The staff at LAJH will help students find their way around, and by the end of the first nine weeks, new or incoming students will be adjusted to the LAJH school routine. For more helpful tips for parents and students, click on the links below.
Articles from Parent Toolkit:
Do you have some helpful tips for parents or students entering junior high school? Let us know!
The Internet is full of many resources for parents to support their children’s education. One particular website, the Parent Toolkit, provides parents with a comprehensive guide to help children succeed in school and life. Parents and students can also download The Parent Toolkit App which contains information in the areas of academics, social/emotional, health/wellness, financial literacy and college/career.
Articles from Parent Toolkit:
•Guiding Our Children through School Transitions: Middle School
•Sun, Summer, and Social Media: Helping Kids Find Balance this Summer
*Let us know what you think about the Parent Toolkit website.
The School Counseling Program at LAJH is dedicated to improving student achievement through academic, social, and emotional support. Your honest response to all questions will assist in the evaluation of the Counseling Program and help to better meet the needs of our students and faculty.
1. What do you believe to be the most important activities of the School Counselor?
2. What are the most significant strengths that currently exist within the School Counseling Program?
3. What are the significant weaknesses that currently exist within the School Counseling Program?
*Thank you for taking the time to answer the questions!