School Counseling News
About Me: Hello, I am Kerry Zdrojewski, School Counselor at Stone Bank School. This is my 15th year at Stone Bank School. I am the mom of four very active boys. I live with my husband, four sons, cat and 2 dogs in Wales, WI. In my free time I love to read, listen to country music, and spend time with my boys.
Welcome to the School Counseling Page. If you would like to contact me please email me at email@example.com or call me at 262-966-2900 ext. 4111. I look forward to a great school year working with Stone Bank families. I try to keep this page updated with things that parents will find helpful when interacting with their children, and I am always open for topic suggestions.
The Stone Bank Way...What is that? Ask your child. It means to be responsible, respectful and ready to learn all day and everyday. We are really working very hard on following the Stone Bank Way at school. Please help your child to follow these same ideas at home too. Common language between school and home is very important. Tickets are given out by all elementary teachers and staff in the building and can be earned each day at school, when they earn enough... we have a celebration! Middle School kids can earn a "shout out" ticket that they will then be able to enter into a monthly raffle and will also be having some incentives for following the Stone Bank Way throughout the school year.
What is Bullying?
It is always good to review what things mean and how others perceive them. I thought it would be helpful to revisit the definition of bullying. Bullying is a real issue that affects people at every age. It is important to know what bullying actually is. This will help when your child is talking with you about school situations to identify if it is bullying behavior or if it was an unkind act.
The definition of bullying is unwanted, aggressive behavior among school- aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. The behavior is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time. Bullying includes actions such as making threats, spreading rumors, attacking someone physically or verbally, and excluding someone from a group on purpose.
Bullying involves an imbalance of power between the bully and the victim, is intentionally harmful and occurs repetitively. (Olweus et al., 1999)
For example, if your child comes home and tells you that another child called them a name, ask them… did you tell them to STOP? Did you walk away? If the child continued after those two steps, did you report it to a teacher? These steps usually work when the children remember to use them. If the child stopped the behavior and never repeats it again, that is an unkind act. If the child continues to call your child that name (repetitive) even when your child used these strategies, then we are dealing with bullying and you or your child should report this to a teacher right away. Please do not assume that the teacher knows about what is going on, we emphasize to students the importance of reporting (self- advocacy) any acts of bullying to an adult right away.
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Social Media information for parents:www.commonsensemedia.org
Facts about Children and Anxiety
ACP- What does that mean? Academic and Career Planning, or ACP, is a student-driven, adult-supported process in which students create and cultivate their own unique and information-based visions for post secondary success, obtained through self-exploration, career exploration, and the development of career management and planning skills. To learn more go to www.dpi.wi.gov/acp
Current Topics in Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Class:
“Respect for ourselves guides our morals; respect for others guides our manners”
― Laurence Sterne
Please contact Kerry Zdrojewski, School Counselor at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or concerns.