COUNSELOR’S CORNER – October 2019 Edition: A Message From Miss Doyle

Media Use by Tweens and Teens

Youtube, Tik Tok, and Fortnite – Oh my! Entertainment nowadays for tweens and teens is media focused and keeping up to date with the latest and greatest can be daunting. Common Sense Media is a great resource for helping parents, educators, and others remain informed of the day to day changes that technology brings. 

Below you will find a few articles and video clips that touch base on a variety of media your student may be utilizing. Both parents and students provide reviews on these medias and more. 

Parents’ Ultimate Guide to Fortnite

https://www.commonsensemedia.org/blog/parents-ultimate-guide-to-fortnite

Parents’ Ultimate Guide to TikTok

https://www.commonsensemedia.org/blog/parents-ultimate-guide-to-tiktok

Houseparty – Group Video Chat – What kids and parents are saying

https://www.commonsensemedia.org/app-reviews/houseparty-group-video-chat

Help! My Kid Wants to Use Social Media

https://www.commonsensemedia.org/blog/help-my-kid-wants-to-use-social-media

Tweens, Teens, and Phones: What Our 2019 Research Reveals  

https://www.commonsensemedia.org/blog/tweens-teens-and-phones-what-our-2019-research-reveals

Raising Awareness One Student at a Time

September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month

The topic of mental health has become very prominent in today’s society. People of all ages, races, and backgrounds are becoming more and more vocal about their mental health conditions and the everyday battles they are facing. The question is, how can we help those struggling around us continue to find their voice and feel comfortable to do so? How can we foster suicide prevention starting at a young age? 

A stigma has developed over the years towards mental health, causing people to feel shame towards their conditions and in return not wanting to share their challenges with others. When those challenges are not or cannot be communicated, that’s when suicidal thoughts start to creep their way in to someone’s life.

At St. John’s we believe in supporting the whole child, and that includes their social and emotional well-being. We understand that suicide prevention comes in all different forms, especially when working with such a broad age range of students. Educating students on how to express, understand, and control their own feelings is one of the main ways we do this. Instilling problem-solving skills, communication strategies, and fostering resiliency are also crucial life skills that we understand play major roles in student success. And finally, having a Christ-centered environment where unconditional love is practiced, and where students feel safe and confident to turn to the trusted adults around them. 

St. John’s families, we love our students and only want the best for them. We are taking the appropriate steps for each grade level to make sure their social-emotional well-being continues to flourish. If at any time you need a referral for outside resources or additional support, please feel free to email me at sdoyle@stjohnsorange.orgor call the school office and ask for Sara Doyle. 

Blessings, 

Miss Sara Doyle

School Counselor 

COUNSELOR’S CORNER – August 2019 Edition: A MESSAGE FROM MISS DOYLE

“Life is Like a Comic”

When growing up, one of my favorite days of the year was my first day back to school after summer break. A new school year meant a clean slate, vibrant Lisa Frank folders, a pencil pouch filled with brand new gel pens, and of course a first day of school outfit that my parents needed to film from every angle.

As your student begins another school year at St. John’s, I ask you to ponder the following statement from Kid President himself, “Life is a like a comic”. Comic strips are made-up of a variety of boxes; each box telling a story connected to the box that comes before it and follows after it. And, just like I am asking your student(s) this week, let me ask you, what does your comic look like? Who are the main characters in your story? How do those people affect your life and how do you affect theirs? What conversations are being had from one word bubble to another? Are you taking bold chances in your comic or letting those courageous moments pass you by?

As the 2019-2020 school year begins, I encourage you to hold tight to our theme verse from Joshua 1:9. “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” The beginning of the year can be a mix of emotions, but the Lord has placed your family at St. John’s for a reason and at the right time. Hold tight, stay strong, take bold chances with God at the center of your story and teach your student to do the same.

As your student continues to write their own comic, and as you continue to write your own as well, know that the faculty and staff at St. John’s are here to play an important role in your story. That may be the role of teacher, coach, administrator, pastor, nurse, and the list goes on. No matter the role we may play in your story, know we are here to support your student and your family.

So, remember, “Life is like a comic”. May God bless each piece of your comic strip as your own story continues to be written, and as your student’s story continues to be written as well.

Kid President + Peanuts | Life is like a comic-  https://youtu.be/u5vClAseXBk

Blessings on the school year ahead,

Sara Doyle

St. John’s School Counselor

The Compliment Project

Spreading kindness like confetti.

The Compliment Project is to help promote positive interactions between each student and to build the habit of giving and receiving compliments to and from their peers. Each student in class takes a turn being in the “hot seat.” While the hot seat student sits, facing away from the paper, their classmates take turns writing positive statements about them on the paper behind them. When they are all finished, the hot seat student stands and reads what has been written about them. That students gets to keep their compliment paper and take it home to remind them of the nice things their classmates said about them. It’s amazing what a little kindness can do and the difference it can make in anyone’s life.

By: Miss Anderson’s CFL class, 6th grade