So far this year, the message has been concentrating heavily on Bully Prevention and How to be an Upstander. Within this topic, the message of empathy and kindness is (not so subtly) embedded in order to begin the school year with an intentional dose of social expectations. Below are some pictures from a 2nd grade lesson using the text The Juice Box Bully by Bob Sornson. The activity was originally found on Pinterest, but I updated it with directions on what they can do to be an upstander. The last piece involved students taking straws I provided and putting it in the juice box! For more lessons done during this these, visit the Classroom Lesson page.
As an aside, this school year is a little different than the past because I am one counselor for all 4 elementary schools this year. Even though this is a big challenge, I am staying optimistic and trying to think on a larger scale than I have had to in the past. My hope is that this website is continuing to be used by other amazing counselors out there who have been working hard for all students.