With the help of our amazing volunteers, program coordinators and peer helpers, over 1,500 poinsettias were delivered to schools and businesses in Baldwin County this week! A special thank you to Field in Bloom Nursery, Inc. for the beautiful plants!
Congratulations to 16 of the Jennifer Claire Moore Foundation’s Peer Helpers Program Coordinators who received the RAVE Award at the Alabama School Counselor Association luncheon that was held during the Alabama Counseling Association Conference in Birmingham, Alabama November 14-16, 2018. RAVE, which stands for Recognition of Accountability, Verification, and Excellence is a state-award given to those school counseling programs who have successfully implemented the four components of the American School Counselor Association’s national counseling model at their schools.
The schools who will be received this RAVE Award include the following:
- J Larry Newton Elementary School: Ms. Rebecca Winberg, Counselor (now at Daphne Elementary School)
- Silverhill Elementary School: Mrs. Shamika Bramble, Counselor
- Summerdale School: Ms. Jan Gay, Counselor
- Magnolia Elementary School: Mrs. Tomica Bradley-Wiggins, Counselor
- Fairhope High School: Ms. Llyndze Holderfield, Mrs. Jessica Morris, & Mrs. Cammie Adams, Counselors
- Fairhope Elementary School: Mrs. Dianna Wolchina & Mrs. Kate Wellborn, Counselors
- Elberta High School: Mrs. Laura Alms, Counselor
- Daphne Middle School: Mrs. Amanda Blake and Mrs. Alicia Ray, Counselors
- Foley Intermediate School: Mrs. Amy Wheaton and Mrs. Sherry Rainbolt, Counselors
- Foley Middle School: Mrs. Coryn Bergenty and Mrs. Jennifer Kukes, Counselors
- Gulf Shores Elementary School: Mrs. Jennifer Knight and Mr. Lyle Cooper, Counselors
- Gulf Shores Middle School: Mrs. Wendy Holmes, Counselor
The holidays mean a well-deserved break from homework and daily tasks but before we know it, the holidays will be over and it will be back to the bus stop. To prepare for a smooth re-entry and a successful second semester, don’t let school skills like reading, writing, and math slide completely during winter vacation. We’ve come up with a few family-friendly activities to keep those skills sharp.
Read for Fun
Whether your child is in the mood for holiday stories or the newest book from their favorite series, winter break provides the perfect opportunity to stash schoolbooks and read for fun. Visit the local library or encourage relatives to give books as Christmas gifts.
Cook up an Easy Lesson
Invite your child into the kitchen to help you whip up a special dish – whether it’s Christmas cookies or the family dinner. Measuring, halving or doubling recipes, and distributing the resulting product among family members can help students who are learning fractions and ratios better understand the concepts while satisfying their sweet tooth.
Make the Most of Car Rides
Turn your drive into an opportunity to practice letters and numbers. You can look for license plates from different states or count the number of colored cars you see.
Maintain Reasonable Bedtimes
With no school to get up for in the morning, it can be tempting to let kids become night owls. A few days before school starts up again, ease back into the regular bedtime schedule so your child can start the year bright-eyed.
Let Kids Help with Online Shopping
Need a last-minute gift for Grandma? Log onto your favorite shopping sites and let your child help you select presents. This helps children work on their computer skills.
Family Game Night
Chances are many of your family’s favorite board games reinforce skills such as counting, reading, and drawing. Gather the family to play games you usually don’t have time for on school nights.
As with most things in life, it’s all about finding a healthy balance between keeping your child learning and letting him or her recharge. Take rest, relaxation and academic engagement in equal parts to make the most out of your vacation this holiday season.
Foley Middle School Peer Helpers recently held an assembly to talk about the dangers of bullying. The committee consisting of Kayleigh Sherman, Jackson Zabala, Kiana Nielson, Bryce Ridenour, and Catherine Gutherie worked with the Student Government Vice President and Officer Lebron Williams to encourage students to be up standers and not bystanders. The Peer Helpers reviewed the Anti-Bullying Contract with the student body.
Pictured: Daphne Middle School Peer Helpers, Frances Holk-Jones, Allison Faircloth, JCMF Executive Director; Fairhope High School Peer Helper, Lauren Deane; Marina Simpson, Executive Director of United Way of Baldwin County; Carl Jones, JCMF Executive Board Member JCMF; Patrice Davis, Intervention Supervisor
Heading back to school is an exciting time for children and families, but changes in schools, teachers, friends and routines can also make it a stressful one. Did you know that children spend more than 1,000 hours at school? Mental health conditions can affect any person regardless of age, gender or income. Below are some helpful tips to stay on top of your child’s mental wellness.
1. Stay involved in your kids’ lives, and know who their friends are. Kids can sometimes cover up the fact that they are being bullied, so knowing their friends, their friends’ parents, and the school environment, will allow you to see if your child has a healthy relationship with their peers.
3. Make sure your kids eat a healthful breakfast and a nutritious lunch, and that they are getting plenty of exercise. This will help their mental and physical health, plus it will improve their confidence and give them the energy they need to succeed in the classroom and on the playing field.
4. For parents who just dropped your child off for their first day of school, I know some of you may be a bit emotional today. It’s OK to call and check on your kid at school by calling the office. This will definitely ease any anxiety you may be feeling.
5. When your kids get home from school, ask how their day was, if they made any new friends, and if they like their teacher. Give them a hug and know that tomorrow’s school day will be even better than today.