Hello, my name is Ms. Lindsay Anderson and I’m the new school counselor this year. Just a little about myself, this is my first year as a school counselor but I have years of experience working with elementary school children. I am originally from Hammond, Indiana which is 20 minutes from Chicago. I went to college at Manchester College in North Manchester, Indiana. After graduating I attended Purdue University Calumet for graduate school to earn my master’s degree in school counseling in May of 2014.
I consider it a privilege to be a member of the Suncrest Eagles staff and community and am very much looking forward to sharing in an exciting and rewarding year with you and your child. As we work together to instill in each child a sense of confidence, self-esteem and responsibility, it is my hope that each will strive for his/her highest potential. If, at any time during the year, you should have questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at Suncrest Elementary School at 765-659-6265 EXT.6402
September is the time for change in weather but a time to start thinking about the future. On September 21-25, 2015 was College Go! Week. To get the students excited about their futures we had special days for dress up (Career Day and Alma Mater Day) and in the classrooms the students learned about different colleges. During the week at lunch time the students got the chance to answer trivia questions about Indiana colleges, college degrees, tuition, and careers.
During the month of October was Bully Prevention Month and on Oct. 23-31 was Red Ribbon Week where students pledge to be drug free and “Say No to Drugs.”Through the week of October 23-31 I went to the 3-5 grade lunches for trivia on the importance of saying no to drugs, how to say no to drugs, and ways to stay away from drugs. In October I went into the classes to discuss bullying and students learned to identify signs of bullying, how to be “Heroes” and stand up against bullies. In the kindergarten classes what the word bullying means and how bullying can hurt people’s feelings. I then read the story “The Sneethes” by Dr. Seuss. We discussed how everyone is born different but that is what makes everyone special. In 1st through 3rd grade we read the book “Bully Beans” by Julia Cook. Before reading we discussed what the word bullying means along with other important terms to remember, bystander and upstander. After reading we discussed ways to stop bullying and how we can help others when we see bullying. Parents/guardians, it’s important to remember that the conversation doesn’t stop at school. Here are a few questions to start the conversation about bullying:
- I’m interested in your thoughts and feelings about bullying. What does the word “bullying” mean to you?
- Do you ever see students at your school being bullied by other students? How does it make you feel?
- What do you usually do when you see bullying going on?
- Have you ever tried to help someone who was being bullied? What happened? What do you think you can do if it happens again?
- Would you feel like a “tattletale” if you told an adult that someone was bullying?
- Have you ever called another person names? Do you think that is bullying? Talk more about that.
- Do you or your friends ever leave other students out of activities? (Talk more about this type of bullying)
- Is your school doing special things to try to prevent bullying? If so, tell me about your school’s rules and programs against bullying.
- What things do you think parents could/should do to help stop bullying?
With Thanksgiving right around the corner in the month of November I encourage to show a random act of kindness to friends, family, teachers, or a stranger. Notes of appreciation can be written for the cafeteria staff, custodians, crossing guards, etc. By showing kindness to others we are building character through citizenship, caring, respect, and responsibility. During the month of November I will be working with grades K-2 on caring and fairness by discussing how to be a good friend and how to make friends. In 3-5 grade I will being going into the classrooms to discuss responsibility and respect. Through a power point we will go over what are the definitions of each word and why it is important to know. I will end the lesson with an activity on all the places a student may have responsibilities (ex. at home, at school, to self, and the environment).