January 15, 2020
Once every other month, we will be having a newsletter written by our Counselor, Cobi Campbell, to share about the social-emotional activities and curriculum that is being provided by either the School Counselor (Cobi Campbell) or Guidance Support (Lydia Noble) here at Solana Ranch. We work in collaboration with your child’s teacher to plan relevant, engaging and impactful lessons that increase your child’s social-emotional knowledge and skill.
Jerry Jones, Principal
During the Fall, the Counseling and Guidance Department was hard at work providing classroom lessons, assisting with class meetings, facilitating small groups and meeting with students individually. These meetings and lessons are focused on helping students manage emotions, navigate friendships and other relationships, resolve conflicts, build community and empathy for others, solve problems and increase self-efficacy. Research has shown that addressing social-emotional concepts and instruction can increase academic achievement.
Zones of Regulation
All 2nd and 3rd grade and most 4th grade classes have received at least three basic lessons in the Zones of Regulation curriculum that include:
- Identifying emotions in four “zones” or feeling states
- Recognition of triggers that are likely to pull them out of a calm state and into one of the other zones that are not optimal for learning
- Tools or strategies to help them return to a calm state and readiness to learn.
Here is a visual with a brief summary of the types of emotions found in each state. The Blue Zone is a low energy zone, the Green Zone has energy that is just right for listening, focusing and learning, the Yellow Zone is a higher energy zone where some self-control is lost, and the Red Zone is a high energy zone where there is loss of control.
You can reinforce this learning at home by asking your child what they have learned about the different zones and reviewing this graphic with them, identifying zones and feelings in characters in the books you are reading together, and reviewing the tools and strategies they came up with to help them return to the Green Zone.
Self-Esteem, Self-Talk and Anxiety
Since the beginning of the school year, all 6th grade classes have participated in a series of activities and lessons designed to teach them about:
- What self-esteem is and how to improve it
- What positive and negative self-talk are, how they impact us and how to improve them
- How to recognize anxiety and strategies to deal with it.
At the beginning of December, a Coffee with the Counselor with the topic of “Positive Discipline” was held after the Friday assembly. Thank you to all of the parents who attended and shared in the discussions. So many great questions!
Positive Discipline is a parenting philosophy that emphasizes connection with your child. It is a paradigm shift from punishment to teaching and learning. It is a child guidance model that was developed by Jane Nelsen and is based on the work of Alfred Adler and Rudolf Dreikurs, two Viennese psychiatrists that recognized the need of all people, including children, to feel a sense of belonging and significance. When people hear discipline, they often think of punishment, but discipline actually comes from the Latin words discipulus, which means pupil and disciplina which means teaching or learning.
Positive Discipline is all about teaching children important life skills and characteristics, such a responsibility, problem solving, and empathy through mutually respectful parenting tools, which maintain connection between children and parents. It is an encouragement model that deals with the beliefs behind children’s behaviors, and teaches parents to be responsive rather than reactive in their interactions with children.
5 Criteria for Positive Discipline
- Is it respectful? Is it being both kind and firm at the same time?
- Does it help children feel both belonging (being a part of a group) and significance (making a contribution to that group)?
- Is it effective long-term?
- Does it teach valuable social and life skills for good character?
- Does it invite children to discover how capable they are and to use their power constructively?
The next Coffee with the Counselor will be held in February after the Friday assembly. Stay tuned for announcements about the topic!
从今日起，我们学校的心理咨询Cobi Campbell老师将会每两个月一次撰写并与大家分享有关社交情感情绪活动和相关课程的信息，这些信息都是由我们学校的心理咨询Cobi Campbell老师和辅导助理 Lydia Noble老师负责提供。在索兰纳牧场小学，我们与您孩子的任教老师紧密合作，策划与社交情感情绪有关的既有趣且对日后人生有影响力的课程，皆以培养您孩子在社交情感情绪方面的认知和技能为最终目的。
正面的管教是养育子女的哲学理论原则之一，它强调了与孩子之间亲子关系的重要性，是从惩罚模式到教与学模式的转变，是由Jane Nelsen女士所提倡的一种儿童指导模式。该模式是以两位维也纳精神病学家Alfred Adler先生和Rudolf Dreikurs先生的工作为基础，他们意识到所有人（包括儿童）都需要有归属感和感受到被重视。当人们听到纪律时，通常会想到的都是惩罚，但是纪律这个字实际上是来自拉丁语的“discipulus”，就是学生和训练意思，因此所指的是教导和学习两方面。
P.S. Be sure to scroll down for our newsletter (Hawk Highlights) to see more information each week about all the exciting things that are happening at Solana Ranch.
Put First Things First Quote of the Week: “Things which matter most must never be at the mercy of things which matter least.”
~ Johann Goethe
5th Grade Performance
Thursday, January 16th
2:00 PM - MPR
Thursday, January 16th
Multi Purpose Room
ALL faculty, staff and families who are associated with Solana Ranch are members.
YOU are the PTO!!!
• HOLIDAY •
Monday, January 20
Martin Luther King Jr.
The Great Kindness Challenge:
January 27 – 31st
100th Day of School Leadership Challenge:
100 Cans of Food Per Class!
January 27 – February 6
Please send your food donations with your child to his/her classroom.
The food will be donated to the San Diego Salvation Army Food Bank.
Don’t forget to buy your Spirit Wear & Yearbook online today!
Thanks to everyone who has donated to our Annual Fund Drive!
We have officially hit 77% of our goal! Thanks to all who have donated and submitted for Corporate Matching!
It is easy to donate online at solanabeachkids.org or you are welcome to leave your pledge envelope in the front office.
Remember all donations stay here at Solana Ranch!
To make your donation, go to:http://www.solanabeachkids.org