October is Bullying Prevention Month. Bullying is unwanted, aggressive, repeated behavior among children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance.
It would be ideal to say that we are immune to bullying and although the incidents are low at Montrose, they are a high priority for us. Each child needs to be safe at school. It is why we spend an entire year on prevention.
In our weekly classroom guidance lessons, we teach skills such as empathy, compassion, assertiveness, emotional regulation and problem-solving to name a few. These social skills are not only important in the prevention of bullying, but also in addressing the typical childhood conflicts. Children learn from prevention education as well as their own mistakes. We work with students in creating positive solutions to social conflict that will last with them as lifelong learners and know these lessons are just as valuable as our academics.
In addition to the comprehensive evidence-based social skills curriculum, during the month of October, students will receive specific lessons to define bullying and our response to it. Your child is taught that bullying is repetitive, one-sided and using power in a hurtful way; which can include threatening, teasing, physical harm and social exclusion. They are taught their response should be to recognize the bullying behavior, refuse the bullying behavior, show compassion to the child receiving the bullying behavior and reporting the bullying behavior. The power of the bystander is stressed in these lessons. If you would like to learn more about our social skills curriculum, bullying prevention or have any questions please feel free to contact me at email@example.com .
If you or your child witnesses repetitive , harassment, or discrimination please contact us or make a report using our district reporting form. https://www.bexleyschools.org/HarassmentBullyingReporting.aspx
SMALL COUNSELING GROUPS with MONTROSE SCHOOL COUNSELOR, MICHELLE HIPSLEY
The following groups will be offered to students this school year. Each group meets weekly for 30 minutes for approximately 10 weeks. Please discuss with your child and your child's teacher if one of these groups would benefit your child. Permission slip forms are available from your child's teacher.
Friendship Group Grades K-1: In this group, we will discuss important skills for successful friendships. Some topics addressed will be what makes a friend, keys to friendship and making friends, conversation skills, empathy, problem solving, and positive peer reactions such as taking turns, sharing and giving compliments.
Emotional Management K-2: Students explore calming techniques, understand how to self-regulate, how to read others' facial expressions and recognize a broader range of emotions, and insight into the events that trigger their less regulated states. This group will lead be co-facilitated with myself and Rebecca Zeitlin, LSW, Nationwide Children's Hospital. Permission forms from Nationwide Children's Hospital will also need to be completed.
Success in the Classroom Grades 1-2: In this group, we will discuss the skills necessary to be successful in the classroom. The topics discussed in this group will be following directions, getting started and staying on task, asking for help, positive self-talk and problem solving.
Worry & Sadness Busters Grade 2-3: In this group, we will discuss the skills necessary to manage our worry and sadness. The topics we will discuss are emotional and physical self-awareness, identifying triggers, facing worries instead of avoiding them, relaxation techniques, and taking control of our worry and sadness.
Friendship Group Grades 2-4: In this group, we will discuss important skills for successful friendships. The topics addressed will be what makes a friend, keys to friendship and making friends, conversation skills, empathy, problem-solving, and positive peer reactions such as taking turns, sharing and giving compliments.
Managing Stress and Worries Grade 4-5: Students will explore calming techniques, perspective taking, positive self-talk, replacement thoughts, and insight into the events that trigger their stress and worry. This group will lead be co-facilitated with myself and Rebecca Zeitlin, LSW, Nationwide Children's Hospital. Permission forms from Nationwide Children's Hospital will also need to be completed.