Citizenship

April is here already! This school year has flown by! I have been working on our character education trait “Citizenship” this month during classroom guidance lessons. Students have been learning that citizenship means treating people with kindness and respect – respect is one of our “Three R’s” here at Madison Elementary School.  Being a good citizen also means doing your best to make your home, school, and community a better place.
This month we are supporting Wright’s Chapel’s Food Drive for Caroline.  The Food Drive will run from April 3rd – 7th and then again April 18th – 21st.  Please send in canned food during these weeks to support families in Caroline.  The food is taken to local food pantries throughout Caroline where it is able to be handed out to individuals and families in need.  Wright’s Chapel will pick up the food that is collected from MES on Friday, April 21st.  Thank you in advance for helping our families!
We are continuing to work with the Fredericksburg Regional Food Bank and have two programs at Madison Elementary School called Food 4 Families and Club Kids. Please contact me at mgermeroth@ccps.us or (804) 448-2171 if you are need of assistance during the last few months of school. I would love to help!
Have a great Spring Break!!

Honesty

March is here already! This school year has flown by! I have been working on our character education trait “Honesty” this month during classroom guidance lessons. Students have been learning that honesty means always telling the truth – even when it’s hard. Honesty also includes your actions. Honesty means saying and doing what is true, not false. Students have enjoyed learning this trait and practicing it during class time by playing games, reading stories and singing songs. Here are a few discussion questions you can have with your child(ren) at home that focus on our character trait of the month: How do you feel when someone lies to you?, If someone lies or makes a mistake, what does that person need to do in order to make it right?, and How can telling one lie lead to more lies?
We are also continuing to work with the Fredericksburg Regional Food Bank and have two programs at Madison Elementary School called Food 4 Families and Club Kids. Please contact me at mgermeroth@ccps.us or (804) 448-2171 if you are need of assistance during the last few months of school. I would love to help!

Welcome Back Mustangs!!

I am excited to be back at Madison Elementary School to start working with the students again!  This year has started and we are busy already!!!

During Classroom Guidance this year the students and I will be covering Bully Prevention, Study Skills, Social Skills, Career Exploration, Friendship Skills, and any other topics that arise throughout the school.  This year I will be leading more small group sessions too!

My focus will also be on Character Education.  We discuss character traits such as caring, trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, and positive attitude.

Let’s GO MUSTANGS!!school_counselors_help_students_build

Character Education

The focus for the Third and Fourth Nine Weeks in Classroom Guidance is Character Education.  I have been working with students on the words “Respect” and “Caring.”  The students have been learning and working on these character traits by playing games, singing songs, role plays, and reading various stories during classroom time.  I have also reinforced the importance of these traits by creating word webs with the students and sharing examples of how to practice these traits at school and at home.

Character Education is an important part of the school counseling curriculum.  It helps to decrease bullying and foster a climate in which adults and students are able to work together.  Students discuss core ethical values during each lesson and this helps to develop a positive school culture.

For the remainder of the school year I will be focusing on several other character education traits.  We will be working on patience, citizenship, and responsibility.  Character counts at MES!

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