What is the difference between a Job and a Career? What are the similarities?
Today students got the chance to discuss the two and what they thought the similarities and differences were. This was a fun conversation for students and they had some really great ideas. Students were challenged today to continue the conversation at home by asking their family members what jobs they had and/or what careers they have had or are currently in.
Students in 4th Grade had the unique opportunity of applying for college today!
Melissa Berg, PSI School Counselor, walked students through a brief experience of what it would be like to apply for college. Students were asked to fill out their personal information, their Major of Study, what College they were going to attend and Why they thought that is what they wanted to study.
Below are a few examples from the day. Kind of exciting to see some of the careers: Doctor, Scientist, Fashion Designer, Car Engineer, Archaeologist, and Pediatrician.
4th Grade Students were introduced to College Mascots today for an introduction to College and Career Exploration Month at Aquila with their counselor, Rachel Nelson.
Elementary Students across St. Louis Park will be experiencing the first ever
College and Career Exploration Month in their schools!
School Counselors will be hosting a variety of activities this month for students and staff to experience.
Weekly Drawings for Students to Win College Gear,
College T-shirt Days,
"Kid-A-Reer Day" - where you can dress like the career you want to have in the future,
Mascot Scavenger Hunts,
Keep a look out for Parent Newsletters this Month to have Building Specific Dates!
For More Information on College and Career Exploration Month - See our Webpage dedicated to it!
2nd Graders are getting the chance to hear the story: A Fish Out of Water by Helen Palmer. This story is a humorous way to talk about Responsibility and the importance of it. The little boy in the story feeds his new pet fish, Otto, too much fish food even after he was told not to. Students enjoy hearing about what happens to the boy and his pet fish and then they get a chance to discuss what they are responsible for in their lives both at home and at school.
My Spark at School
This month 3rd and 4th graders are looking deeper into their Sparks and breaking them down. They are thinking about what specific skills they need to achieve their Spark and then discussing how school can help them learn those skills. Students are getting the opportunity set a few small goals that will help them reach their Spark or grow their Spark at school.
Counselors have been sharing stories from the book: Real Kids, Real Stories, Real Change: Courageous Actions Around the World by Garth Sundem so that students can hear how other kids have worked hard to build their Sparks.
Susan Lindgren 5th Graders had the chance to participate in Youth Frontiers Kindness Retreat this Week!
Students were welcomed into the retreat by 16 cheering St. Louis Park Senior High student volunteers and the Youth Frontiers leaders, Joe and Jonny. The morning was filled with music and games while students got warmed up and comfortable with the SLP High School leaders. The topic of the day was Kindness. Students were broken up into small groups throughout the day, lead by a SLP High School student. In their groups students discussed moments and things that they have seen at Susan Lindgren that have been unkind and then were given the chance to discuss how those things could be changed. Towards the end of the day, each student is given the opportunity to reflect and think about what they personally can do to make their school and classroom a more kind place to be.
February 4th-8th is National School Counseling Week!
Melissa Berg, Licensed School Counselor at Park Spanish Immersion, was asked why she loves being a School Counselor. Read her response below.
Friends and family often ask me to describe my job. I sometimes have a hard time summarizing the role of an elementary counselor (every day is different!); however, nearly everyone comments that I have a huge smile on my face when I talk about my job and about the kids.
Being an elementary school counselor is incredibly fulfilling, both personally and professionally. I feel very privileged to be able to witness students' growth over the course of several years. A student wrote a paper about me that started with the sentence "Srta. Berg es la amiga de todos" (Srta. Berg is the friend of all). Building relationships with students is both the foundation of what I do and the most enjoyable part of being a counselor.