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• ### General

Welcome to Mrs. Good's Guidance Page

"You must be the change you wish to see in the World"  ~Gandhi

• ### Where is Mrs. Good?

Kind of like "Where's Waldo," it can sometimes be difficult to find me, but rest assured I am here and can always be found. On Monday's, Wednesday's, and Thursday's I am at Providence Elementary School, and on Tuesday's and Friday's I am at Bart-Colerain Elementary School. You can reach me through e-mail or by phone anytime. I am here to help all children any day, no matter the building.

Be present... EVERY day  counts.

• ### What does guidance time look like?

What does guidance time look like?

1. Classroom lessons

2. Small group counseling

3. Individual counseling

A School Counseling Program is an integral part of the students’ curriculum.  During our visits to the classrooms, children will have the opportunity to participate in guidance activities geared to help them enhance their skills.  I will also be working with some students in small groups and/or individually to provide counseling services.  I will offer support to other students who might be experiencing emotional, behavioral or learning difficulties.

I am available for consultation and collaboration with parents regarding problems and needs concerning your child/children. You may contact me so that I can be of assistance.

I am hoping that this school year will be filled with successful experiences for you and your child/children!

Thank-you,

• ### Healthy Habits

* Attend school daily

* Exercise regularly

* Eat nutritious food

* Make good choices

* Wash your hands with soap

* Get at least 8 hours of sleep each night

* Visit health professionals regularly

* Listen carefully before speaking

• ### Cool Down Tips

* Take a deep breath

* Count backward from 15

* Pretend to blow up a balloon

* Talk to yourself about cooling down

* Sit quietly and imagine your favorite place

* Distract yourself by doing something else

* Tense your muscles, then relax

* Imagine the anger draining out of you

• ### September is Attendance Awareness Month

Attend Today Achieve Tomorrow, Don't Let Absences Add Up!

* Students with more than 20 absense per year have less than a 20% chance of graduating.  (retrieved from www.attendanceworks.org)

* Missing 10% of school days can make it harder to learn to read.  (retrieved from www.attendanceworks.org)

* Every year, 1 in 10 kindergarten and first grade students misses a month of school.  As they get older the frequency of absenses goes up.  (retrieved from www.attendanceworks.org)

* 60% of jobs will require a college degree by 2018.  (retrieved from www.reviewjournal.com)

* Having a high school diploma makes you 37.5% more likely to get a job than those who don't have a high school diploma.  (retrieved from www.careerconnections-ct.com)

* High school graduates make between $9,000 and$10,000 more per year than high school dropouts.  (retrieved from www.worldwidelearn.com)

* Six out of every 10 people in prison are high school dropouts.  (retrieved from www.childtrends.org)

* The unemployment rate is 4.1% lower for students with at least a high school diploma.  (retrieved from www.bls.gov)

• ### How to keep yourself safe and healthy

October is Fire Prevention Month.

Fire Facts

Every day, at least one child dies from a home fire and every hour approximately 16 children are injured from fires or burns. Eighty-eight percent of all fire-related deaths are due to home fires, which spread rapidly and can leave families as little as two minutes to escape once an alarm sounds. Fires are not just a problem in the United States. In 2008, nearly 61,000 children around the world died due to a fire or burn.

If there is a fire: Be Smart

1. Don't touch matches. Stay away from lighters and candles, too.
2. Don't touch radiators or heaters. Ask a grown-up to turn a heater on or off for you. Don't stand too close to a fireplace or wood stove, either.
3. Don't play with electrical cords. And don't stick anything into an electrical socket.
4. Don't play around in the kitchen. If you want to cook something, be sure to check with a grown-up first.
5. Don't put anything over a lamp. Things thrown over a lamp (like blankets or clothing) could catch fire.

If there is a fire: Be Prepared

1. Make an escape plan. Work with your family to plan how to get out of your home if there is a fire.
2. Plan two ways out of every room. The first way out should be a door.
3. Choose a meeting place. Pick a safe and easy-to-remember spot outside your home where you will meet your family after you get out.
4. Practice! Every escape path needs to be planned and practiced with grown-ups.
5. Test smoke alarms. Help grown-ups remember to test smoke alarms monthly and to put in new batteries twice a year when the clocks change.

If there is a fire: Be Safe

1. Get out fast! When you hear the loud beep of the smoke alarm, get out of the house. Never hide or take time to grab your belongings or pets.
3. Feel a door before you open it. If it is hot, there may be fire on the other side. Try to get out another way.
4. Stay low to the floor. Since smoke rises, the safest air for breathing is down low.
5. Call 9-1-1 or the fire department. Be sure to do this after you get out of the house. Remember: Only call 9-1-1 if there is a real emergency.
6. Stay out! Once you're out, stay out. Don't go back for anything!

## And Remember...

Stop, Drop, and Roll. If your clothing catches fire, remember to stop where you are and drop to the ground. Cover your face and mouth with your hands, and roll over and over until the flames are out.

Positive Choices